Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at summer's end was half what it was just four years earlier, according to new NASA satellite data obtained by The Associated Press.
"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.
Luckily we live in Georgia, where global warming doesn't exist. Oh, but wait:
In the United States, a weakened Arctic blast moving south to collide with moist air from the Gulf of Mexico can mean less rain and snow in some areas, including the drought-stricken Southeast, said Michael MacCracken, a former federal climate scientist who now heads the nonprofit Climate Institute. Some regions, like Colorado, would likely get extra rain or snow.
More than 18 scientists told the AP that they were surprised by the level of ice melt this year.
Huh. Guess we better build some more reservoirs and interstate lanes. By the way, the temperature today in Macon? 76 degrees.
Thanks to Neill Herring for sending me this story on his listserv, though I linked the Fox News version. Somehow I doubt Neill reads much off of Fox News.