Record warm spring and summer in Greenland

Published 13-09-2016

Measurements at 14 weather stations in Greenland during 2016 indicate widespread above average temperatures with records set for summer and spring seasons in addition to individual months.

The average summer temperature (June through August) was for example a record-setting 8.2 oC at the southeast coastal site Tasiilaq in the period of record (PoR) beginning in 1895. The summer value was 2.3 oC above the 1981-2010 average. Records were also set at Narsarsuaq in the south and Danmarkshavn in the northeast of the island.

The spring season (March through May) was record warm at Kangerlussuaq southwest Greenland with 6.7 oC above average in the PoR that began in 1949, at Aasiaat central west Greenland with 6.0 oC above average in the PoR since 1951, and at Summit with 4.8 oC above average since 1987. The month of April was record warm at six of the 14 sites with the largest anomaly at Upernavik with 8.2 oC above average since 1873.

The data comes from the 14 weather stations in Greenland maintained by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

"Indeed a lot of warm weather many places in Greenland" says John Cappelen, Senior Climatologist at Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), which processed the data.

Responsible for the statistics here, Jason Box, Research Professor at The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), adds:

"This collection of data offers new and robust evidence that the Arctic warming trend is continuing and it comes as no surprise. The impacts include further net loss of glacier ice resulting not just in rising sea level, but I also expect stronger storms due to the increasing cold and fresh water delivery to the North Atlantic, and also the additional input of nutrients could affect ocean biological productivity including fishing industries and how much carbon the sea can absorb."

John Cappelen, Senior Climatologist, Danish Meteorological Institute
Telephone: (+45) 3915 7585

Jason Box, Research Professor, The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
Telephone: (+45) 41145428


Tasiilaq, August 2014 (Photo, John Cappelen, DMI).