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The untold drama of Northern snow cover

August 22, 2012

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Posted by Neven

When considering the impact of climate change on polar regions, the star of the show has always been Arctic sea ice. Playing supporting roles are the Greenland ice cap and Antarctica. Yet one actor in the drama remains badly overlooked:  the snows that cover our Northern continents.

In June 2012, for instance, it was reported that Northern Hemisphere Land Snow Cover had broken a record. The June snow anomaly was the lowest figure for June in the whole 45 year record, besting the previous record set in 2010 by 1 million square kilometres. This statement, reported as the last item in the US NSIDC’s first July Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis bulletin understandably never gained great widespread coverage.

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