Climate Change Shrinking Antarctic Snows

January 14, 2017

ant_physorg

Phys.Org:

“When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain,” said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA).

“Now it rains regularly—instead of snowing,” he told AFP during an Argentine government visit to King George Island, off the tip of the western Antarctic peninsula.

Scientists monitoring conditions at the base say the average temperature here has increased by 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past century.

“The glacier used to reach all the way to the shore,” Sanchez says. “Now there is a 500-meter (550-yard) wide beach.”

Dark scars of rock are showing through what were once spotless sheets of white snow on the glaciers’ flanks.

“Antarctica is a thermometer that shows how the world is changing,” said Adriana Gulisano, a physicist at Argentina’s National Antarctic Directorate.

“There is no place where climate change is more in evidence.”

Wildlife signs

Local wildlife also appears to reflect to the change.

Scientists at the Carlini base say a pair of yellow-throated King penguins have swum up to mate nearby for the past three years.

Although the theory is not confirmed, they suspect another sign of climate change. The species had previously been thought to be restricted to warmer spots on the Falkland Islands and the Argentine mainland.

Technician Luis Souza, 56, has divided his time since 1979 between Buenos Aires and the Carlini base, where he has studied migrating birds: cormorants, gulls and penguins.

More crucially, scientists say melting ice is disrupting the breeding of krill, a shrimp-like creature that serves as food for numerous species.

“Less ice means fewer krill for the whales, penguins and seals,” said Sanchez. “The whole food chain is affected.”

 

 

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9 Responses to “Climate Change Shrinking Antarctic Snows”

  1. lessco2 Says:

    ““When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain,” said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA).”

    I live in north of Sweden on the Arctic Circle.
    Some years back we never (or very seldom) had rain in the months we count as real winter; November to March.
    Now we have got used to that it is raining more and more often during our winter. It is sad.

    When looking daily at the Climate Reanalyser it is easy to see that we are in deep trouble.
    http://cci-reanalyzer.org/wx/DailySummary/#T2_anom

  2. Tom Bates Says:

    Precipitation in Sweden is generally abundant: it is lower than 500 mm per year in Lapland, also because of the cold that lasts for many months a year, it hovers around 500/600 mm in much of the country, while it exceeds these values in the ridge of the Scandinavian Alps, where it can surpass even 1,500 mm per year, and along the southwestern coast, exposed to currents Atlantic.

    Another liar and distorter writing on this blog under the impression nobody will actually google the subject. That is the problem with the leftists AGW story line. If you actually look up the actual data, the story line mostly falls apart.

    • lessco2 Says:

      https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/133015230391967/ is “Tom Bates” Facebook-adress according to the link above.
      Mine is https://www.facebook.com/urpo.taskinen if someone wants to check it out.
      “Tom Bates” writes “Another liar and distorter…” and even though English is not my native language (Finnish and Swedish are) I understand it as I am actually called a liar. This is when telling some reflections about what I have experienced has happened here in the north during the last years?

      I could easily pick up the “SMHI – Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute” [http://www.smhi.se/en – a page in English] page with the climate-forecasts for my county, but sorry that is in Swedish and it might be few that get it.
      http://www.smhi.se/polopoly_fs/1.95717!/Framtidsklimat_i_Norrbottens_l%C3%A4n_Klimatologi_nr_32.pdf
      On page 25-26 in this they are talking about the precipitation in wintermonths and one sentence is possible to quickly translate “I och med ett varmare klimat kommer nederbörd som regn i stället för snö att bli allt vanligare vintertid. ” In English “With a warmer climate, precipitation as rain instead of snow become increasingly more common in winter.”

      “Tom Bates” writes “If you actually look up the actual data, the story line mostly falls apart.” Well if you look up the actual data it seems to underline what my experience of the development is.

      BUT I feel it as very inappropriate to tell a person who is telling about his own experience that he is lying.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Yes, Bates actually called you a liar. Yes, he did this when you were giving us some personal reflections about what you have experienced in the north of Sweden during the last years. And yes, it IS very inappropriate to tell a person who is telling about his own experience that he is lying.

        Perhaps I was too sarcastic when I made my comment, and therefore you didn’t get it (although your English is far better than my Swedish), but that is exactly the point I was trying to make, as were others in their replies. You don’t need to justify anything you said, especially “With a warmer climate, precipitation as rain instead of snow become increasingly more common in winter”, because that is something that is happening in many places on the planet, and anyone with a brain knows it.

        The problem is that Tom Bates är en okunnig skitstövel, and is one of those truly ugly Americans that so damage the image of the USA around the world. We apologize for his existence, and hope you will keep your observations coming from the Arctic Circle.

        • lessco2 Says:

          Well, my comment was in for some days for moderation and didn´t appear as fast as I thought it would. Actually I commented immediately when I read “Tom Bates” comment.
          I think when making comments to people one doesn´t know in real life one should be carefull not to be rude or too hard in judgement.
          It might be that many of us in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland) are used to speak out in a open way and give each other possibility in a discussion to give their point of view.

          BUT we have also, as everywhere in the net, people that hide behind fake names and make provocative comments, not to create a real discussion but just to try to mock the opponents.
          When checking out “Tom Bates” Facebookpage and also reading “Tom Bates” comment I feel that this is not a real person, just one of those fake identities who one never can trust to have a real opinion.
          The simple way to do in that situation is just to dissmiss the comment. No need to get angry, but important to write somekind of answer that creates an understanding for all other readers, those that only read and maybe don´t comment.
          So, no need to apologize behalf of “Tom Bates”, I think all that want to make serious communication can understand.

          And yes, we actually don´t need to keep on commenting the people who make comments. The work to find ways to understand and in the little bit longer runt to stop climate change is the important issue on the table.

    • fw134 Says:

      Since you didn’t contradict anything lessco2 said, what exactly did he “lie” about?

      • astrostevo Says:

        Tom Bates (yeah you do?) clearly has reading comprehension issues here – note where lessco2 observed that it rains more in *_winter_* and implies that what used to fall as snow is now falling as rain instead.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    LMAO for five minutes over Tom (The Moron) Bates latest demonstration of what a total nitwit he is. He brags about “actually googling the subject” and then just copies VERBATIM the very first google hit out of 2,860,000. And it’s from a freaking TRAVEL site rather than a science or climate change site. To wit:

    “Precipitation in Sweden is generally abundant: it is lower than 500 mm per year in Lapland, also because of the cold that lasts for many months a year, it hovers around 500/600 mm in much of the country, while it exceeds these values in the ridge of the Scandinavian Alps, where it can surpass even 1,500 mm per year, …”

    Tommy-poo forgot to copy for us the very useful “actual data” from the very end of the link:

    “What to pack
    In winter: very warm clothes, especially for the interior and the north: fleece, down jacket, hat, gloves, scarf; for Stockholm and the south, you can add a raincoat or umbrella.
    In summer: spring/autumn clothes, being ready to add or remove the outer layer, t-shirt, but also long pants, jacket, sweatshirt or sweater; raincoat or umbrella. Warmer clothes for the mountains”.

    “In winter: very warm clothes?—-In summer be prepared to remove the outer layer”??? DUH! And Tommy-Poo offers all this brilliance in the face of a comment from someone who actually LIVES IN SWEDEN??? JFC and BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-!!!!!!

    And Tommy-Poo talks to us about “liars and distorters” and “AGW leftists”? Double JFC and BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-!!!!!!

    I am now more convinced than ever that Tommy is a POE and is pulling our leg. Unfortunately, although he is sometimes clever, his poe-ing has morphed into trolling and is getting in the way of intelligent discourse on Crock. Time to bring in the Red Queen and deal with him once and for all.

  4. schwadevivre Says:

    I see that the Master of ignorance – Bates – has returned. Happy to link unrelated information using his unfortunate lack of education and reason.


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