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Climate change: “alarming” rain recorded for the first time in one of the highest points in Greenland



Climate change: “alarming” rain recorded for the first time in one of the highest points in Greenland

Nobody knows when it waslast time it rained in this remote part of the Earth. Being located at 3,216 meters above sea level, with temperatures below zero (almost) perpetually, the Greenland’s highest point never has the weather conditions to generate precipitation.

Here’s why what happened on August 14, it amazed the researchers of the station located at that remote point of the North Pole. That day, in fact, it rained “for several hours”, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). That is, something has happened that has not taken place for some time and since there are records of the data. “And the air temperature stayed above freezing for about nine hours,” the report said.

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The increase in temperature creates snow melting conditions that were previously only found in three years: 1995, 2012 and 2019. According to experts, this is yet another example of how the global warming is affecting remote places like the Greenland summit.

A lasting rain

While it often rains on the frozen surface of Greenland, the phenomenon has never been recorded at the summit like on 14 August. At the research station, drops were observed on the windows, surprising the scientists and staff who live there. At one point the thermometer reached 0.48 ° C. It is the fourth time in the past 25 years that the temperature has risen above freezing. For several hours he stayed above 0 ° C which, combined with the rain, created the conditions for melting on the surface of the summit and the surrounding area.

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As the phenomenon is measured, the data show just another merger event in 1880, so having four in the past three decades could be a sign of how the climate is changing globally. There Arctic region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet because of climate changes. While in the rest of the planet the temperature has risen by an average of 1 ° C, in the Arctic region it has so far reached almost 2 ° C.

Together with the increase in floods, fires and other extreme events, it is one of the many “alarm bells” that signal the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.