A team of scientists, including NSSL’s Dave Turner published a new study in Nature that showed how clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point.
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NSSL, partners: Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt
High atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, cloudy skies portend warmer temperatures and higher winds. These clouds alter the surface energy budget, diminish the strong near-surface atmospheric stability, and precipitate ice crystal to the surface.