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Ice returns as Greenland temperatures plummet

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16 Jan 08 - A brutal cold snap is raging across Greenland. On Disko Bay in western Greenland, temperatures have dropped so drastically that the water has frozen over for the first time in a decade.

'The ice is up to 50cm thick,' said Henrik Matthiesen, an employee at Denmark's Meteorological Institute. 'We've had loads of northerly winds since Christmas which has made the area miserably cold.'

Matthiesen suggested the cold weather marked a return to the frigid temperatures common a decade ago.

Temperatures plunged to -25EC earlier this month, clogging the bay with ice and making shipping impossible for small crafts, according to Anthon Frederiksen, the mayor of the town of Ilulissat, where Disko Bay is located.

The mayor cautioned against thinking that the freezing temperature indicated that global warming claims were overblown. He noted that a nearby glacier had retracted more in the past two decades than in recorded history.

'We Greenlanders have acclimated to changing conditions over the past 1100 years,' said Frederiksen. 'Temperatures change at regular intervals.'

                More than in recorded history. Hmm. If I remember my history
                correctly, Greenland was warmer – lots warmer – 800 years ago 
                when it was first settled. Must be that the town’s history records 
                have been misplaced.

The Copenhagen Post Online
http://www.cphpost.dk/get/105114.html
Thanks to Dr. Ben for this link

 



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