Over The Weekend, Greenland Gained 14 Gigatons Of Snow/Ice
The Greenland Ice Sheet has been faring incredibly well in recent years with above-average Surface Mass Balance (SMB) gains as well as a swing back to overall growth noted in Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) data.
This season has started in similar fashion, too, with record-breaking gains observed on its opening day.
And now most recently (this past weekend), the ice sheet gained a whopping ≈14 gigatons of mass. For those who love dumb, decontextualized headlines, ‘That’s enough to bury Central Park, New York City under approx. 15,000 feet of ice’.
Enlarging the DMI’s daily SMB chart, we see that almost 7 gigatons of snow/ice accumulated on Saturday, followed by the same amount on Sunday:
‘SMB’ is a calculation used to determine the ‘health’ of a glacier.
Greenland’s SMB has held above average for five out of the last seven years, indicating that the glacier is healthy.
But this is news routinely shadow-banned by the AGW Party’s Ministry of Truth.
It would muddy Narrative waters.
Two seasons ago (Sept 2021 – Aug 2022), Greenland posted an SMB gain of 471Gt, ranking it as a top 10 SMB season in books dating back to 1981, and also 27% above the 1981-2010 mean.
The season just gone (2022-23) achieved similar gains (article coming soon).
These two season continued a multi-year trend of growth which commenced around 2014.
And while it is true that the Greenland ice sheet lost mass ≈1995 to 2012, that trend has now halted, and reversed — almost completely. Like the gradual turning of a grand ship, from the year’s 2010 to 2015, Greenland’s SMB changed course and has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Total Mass Balance (TMB) is a calculation that combines three separate measurements in order to determine the overall health of the ice sheet: SMB (as mentioned), Marine Mass Balance (MMB), and Basal Mass Balance (BMB).
MMB consists of the breaking off (‘calving’) of icebergs and the melting of glaciers that meet the warmer sea waters. BMB refers to ice losses from the base of the sheet, caused by frictional effects/ground heat flux (though in the case of Greenland, this is unimpactful).
The below chart represents the TMB from 1986-2022 (still to be updated with this year’s data).
What it shows is a clear reversal in the ice sheet’s fortunes, an unambiguous cyclical swing toward gains:
The poster boy for global warming is letting the side down.
The Sun’s Magnetic Poles Are Disappearing
Recent measurements by NASA reveal a rapid weakening of magnetic fields in the polar regions of the Sun.
North and south magnetic poles are on the verge of disappearing.
This will lead to a complete reversal of the Sun’s global magnetic field (likely sometime in 2024).
If this were occurring on Earth it would likely prove catastrophic. On the Sun, however, it is standard, occurring “every 11 years (more or less) when we’re on the verge of Solar Maximum,” explains Todd Hoeksema, a solar physicist at Stanford.
Disappearing poles and magnetic reversals have been observed at the peak of every single solar cycle since astronomers first learned to measure the Sun’s magnetic fields.
This will be the fifth such reversal since 1980:
“One thing we have learned from these decades of data is that no two polar field reversals are alike,” says Hoeksema.
Sometimes the transition is swift, taking only a few months for the poles to vanish and reappear on opposite ends of the Sun. Sometimes it takes years, leaving the Sun without magnetic poles for an extended period of time.
“Even more strange,” continues Hoeksema, “sometimes one pole switches before the other, leaving both poles with the same polarity for a while.”
Such a scenario could actually be playing out now, writes Dr Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com. The Sun’s south magnetic pole has almost completely vanished, but the north magnetic pole is still hanging on, albeit barely.
How does all this effect us on Earth?
Well, the vanishing of the poles means we’re on the verge of the solar maximum of Solar Cycle 25.
Though slightly stronger than its predecessor, Solar Cycle 25 is proving to be weaker than the historical norm. It is looking set to peak early, too, and so crash us down to solar minimum and, in turn, the much anticipated Solar Cycle 26 sooner than expected.
SC26 is where I’ve long contended the chill of solar minimum gets underway, where the next Grand Solar Minimum officially commences with all the struggles, strife and hardships such a period delivers (as revealed by the historical documentation).
For us to already find ourselves on the downward-slope of SC25, well, that’s a concerning prospect.
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