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Greenland Ice sheet Meltdown Scare–Except It’s Not True

August 1, 2019

By Paul Homewood

The Washington Post has joined in the Greenland heatwave scam:


The same heat dome that roasted Europe and broke national temperature records in five countries last week has shifted to Greenland, where it is causing one of the biggest melt events ever observed on the fragile ice sheet.

By some measures, the ice melt is more extreme than during a benchmark record event in July 2012, according to scientists analyzing the latest data. During that event, about 98 percent of the ice sheet experienced some surface melting, speeding up the process of shedding ice into the ocean.

The fate of Greenland’s ice sheet is of critical importance to every coastal resident in the world, since Greenland is already the biggest contributor to modern-day sea level rise. The pace and extent of Greenland ice melt will help determine how high sea levels climb and how quickly….

The Danish Meteorological Institute tweeted that more than half the ice sheet experienced some degree of melting on Tuesday, according to a computer model simulation, which made it the “highest this year by some distance.”

But the peak of this melt event is likely still to come Wednesday or Thursday.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, temperatures at Nuuk in the west, and Tasiilaq in the east are peaking at 7C and 11C respectively. The warmest spot is further north in Ilulissat, where it will reach 16C today.




But there is nothing remotely unusual about these temperatures:





Indeed, the temperature at Nuuk is actually below average for July:



The ice sheet surface mass balance is running well above that of 2012:



And there is no mention of the fact that the ice sheet grew substantially last year, and also the year before:


The simple fact is that the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer, particularly when the sun shines. That’s what it does. And it grows back again in winter as the snow falls. Indeed, if it did not melt, it would carry on growing year after year.

Inevitably there are some days when the weather is warmer and sunnier than normal, and others when it is colder. To pick an odd day or two is ridiculous and dishonest scaremongering.

Last year, Scientific American was complaining about Greenland’s lost summer:


The Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post long ago sold their souls to the global warming scam. But shamefully scientists at DMI have also joined the band.

  1. dave permalink
    August 1, 2019 3:49 pm

    According to DMI’s proper [sic] site, the net mass loss on Tuesday was 10 cubic kilometers. Another 500,000 days like that and the ice-cap will vanish!

    It is interesting how once respectable institutions now communicate by tweets by their media personnel. A way to lie, and pretend afterwards that it was not really a serious assertion.

    At this time of the year, the masses are usually being fed USA hurricane porn.
    Material for this this being absent this season – for the present,at least – they are given ice porn as a poor substitute. Wallowing in such mental filth rots the brain.

    Who to despise more? The people who peddle fantasy, or the people who believe it?

    On the brighter side, the scam is clearly in a fragile state, as everything is mere repetition of tired old stuff.

    • August 1, 2019 4:37 pm

      Listening to the Presidential hopefuls on CNN (I confess!) last night, all eager to outdo each other in their climate caterwauling, it occurred to me that their public must be totally unaware that the policies endorsed by each candidate would cause their impoverishment — proof positive of their blind trust and ignorance.

      • August 2, 2019 12:02 pm

        In the past, they were able to hide this which has always been their agenda. Now that it is out in the open, I wonder how many of their party, still sane, will buy the package?

        We are seeing the results of the “Squad’s” lunatic efforts. Trump has positioned them perfectly as the “voice” of the Democrat party. In doing so, all of the candidates felt required to join them. In the 2 debates, several “reasonable” voices trying to talk sense have been ridiculed and savaged. It is satisfying to see these clowns unmasked after so many decades.

  2. Tony Budd permalink
    August 1, 2019 3:51 pm

    Given that the majority of cosmologists are annoyed that the universe is failing to fit their models, it looks like they won’t be alone in their grief for too long…

  3. August 1, 2019 4:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  4. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 1, 2019 4:21 pm

    These claims play on people’s fears because most are simply unaware of what “should” be happening in Greenland in the summer. so they report facts entirely without any context – saying it’s ten degrees above freezing on the Greenland ice cap today would make many people believe that is ten or twelve degrees hotter than normal.

    That’s the thing with all this stuff. It is lying by omission, by leaving out any discussion of long term averages or variability.The worst is air pollution where ignoramuses like theLondon mayor have no idea that levels of air pollution now are a quarter of what they were in 1970.

    • dave permalink
      August 1, 2019 6:51 pm

      After 100 years of compulsory science education, 99% of people still think:

      air-above-freezing, the ice melts; air- below-freezing, it does not.


      The principal cause of melting is direct radiation from the sun, while it is high in the sky. Once a shallow pond forms, the radiation is better absorbed and so it is easy for a few days to be registered in late summer when the ice ponds deepen rapidly. Of course, the water usually has nowhere to go and only part of it will flow to the sea before winter comes back,.

  5. jack broughton permalink
    August 1, 2019 5:48 pm

    What gives me some hope is that despite the fake-news and hysterical scare-mongering of the mainstream meja, the majority of people are still indifferent to these abstract threats. They can see that nothing is changing in the real world and are more concerned about the seriously savage reducing living standards that most UK citizens have experienced over the last 11 years.

    Zero-hours contracts, low-hope jobs, increasing crime, increasing homelessness and drug-abuse are far more pressing real issues that have not (as yet) been claimed to be consistent with AGW……. almost everything else has!

    • ThomasJK permalink
      August 2, 2019 11:36 am

      Prosperity is PRODUCED by knowledgeable, productive people who make use of the natural resources of the planet that we live on and who use the natural processes of the Universe that we live in to fashion goods and/or perform services that have real value to human beings

  6. August 2, 2019 12:23 am

    Paul said “The simple fact is that the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer”
    that looks like a typo
    I’d say “The simple fact is that a FRACTION of the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer
    .. then it mostly grows back in the winter”

  7. Gray permalink
    August 2, 2019 7:17 am

    Just read a Nat Geographic article that the melt this year could raise global sea levels by as much as an eighth of a millimetre.

  8. Coeur de Lion permalink
    August 2, 2019 8:52 am

    My wife is simply fed up with me making quotes from this website at breakfast and asks whether I have to do it because I am uncertain of the strength of my case and she asks “why don’t your sceptic scientists speak up, then?” Verb sap

    • August 4, 2019 9:54 am

      You’ve told your wife about Judith Curry
      and what happened to Peter Ridd when he spoke up ?

    • August 4, 2019 2:14 pm

  9. Coeur de Lion permalink
    August 2, 2019 5:03 pm

    I bore even myself frantic doing this, but as I write British Windmills are producing oh point eight three gigawatts out of 19GW faceplate and therefore two point four one per cent of a low demand. Why doesn’t the crooked BBC run a story like the coal one?

    • August 9, 2019 7:32 am

      The BBC currently has a very dangerous policy in that it is confining its news outputs to consensus opinion to the detriment of any challenge. This, thus reinforces the consensus opinion it has already generated.
      Mathematically this is the same as the way capital escalates due to interest rates.
      C = c(1+i)^ n Where C is the final capital value after n years of an interest rate of i.
      If you equate C to consensus you eventually wind up with hysteria.

  10. August 9, 2019 5:23 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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