European Heat Wave Ends, Shifts North to Greenland
Fig. 1: Latest sea ice extent analysis reveals mid-July 2019 is at 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology. Further rapid melting is likely this week due to very warm temperatures across Greenland.
Fig. 2: GFS OP temperature anomaly forecast for 0300 GMT on Tuesday indicates 15F-25F warm temperature anomalies across Greenland.
Discussion: The mid-July 2019 polar ice cap was measured at 7.84 million square miles which is 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology. Further melting occurs this week as remains of a European heat wave shifts north to Greenland and moderating but still capable of producing temperatures well above normal.