Hot summer for a cold island

A rare heat wave rolled over Greenland in July, thawing its ice and snow

By Stephen Ornes, 11:00 AM August 24, 2012




A heat wave that struck Greenland in July was probably the biggest temperature surge there in more than 100 years, scientists report. The world’s largest island is mostly covered in ice and snow — except when extreme heat sets in.


At one scientific research station, flags planted in the once-frozen snow fell over. Supply planes couldn’t land on the ice runway because it was melting too.


“It was wet and slushy, which made it really hard to walk around on the ice without falling knee-deep in...

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