For the first time in the history of meteorological observations, it rained at the highest point of the Greenland ice sheet. Researchers are worried.
At the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, it rained for the first time in the history of meteorological observations. It led to massive ice melting
As reported by Gizmodo, it rained last week. It was not just a light drizzle, but a torrential downpour containing 7 billion tons of rain that washed away a horrendous amount of Greenland ice. The area of ice affected by rain peaked at 872,000 square kilometers, about half of the island's massive ice sheet.
This was the first observation of rain in Greenland on record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. This is also only the third time that temperatures above freezing have been recorded at an Arctic research station.
Researchers fear that the Greenland Ice Sheet will not last long, as atypical weather conditions have become more frequent on the island over the past decade. According to Gizmodo, by 2100, the melting of Greenland's ice could cause sea levels to rise by as much as three meters.
Overall, the summer of 2021 is a warning sign of the horrors that the climate crisis has in store. In August, southern Italy recorded the highest temperature in European history - 48.8 ° C, and a recent report showed that July 2021 was the hottest month for the entire planet in the history of meteorological observations.