Scientists shoot holes in latest NASA Greenland hysteria

“Unprecedented” shouts the headline on NASA’s press release, which then goes on to contradict itself by saying, “melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889.”

“This event is right on time,” NASA glaciologist Lora Koenig is quoted as saying.

NASA’s claim that Greenland is experiencing “unprecedented” melting is nothing but a bunch of hot air, say scientists.

Climate skeptics said the NASA report itself was the only “unprecedented” item.

Unprecedented NOT Greenland Ice Melt – Image Credit NASA

Take at look at the Summit webcam as of this morning, 26 July. You will see that the ice is still there.

“The temperature there was -16 C (3 F) when I last looked at the webcam,” says reader Roger Oomkins. “MINUS 16 C!” “The damn ice is 2 MILES thick!”

Greenland Summit Webcam – 26 Jul 2012

“NASA simply can`t turn off the BS,” says the StevenGoddard website, which then includes satellite photos of an UNmelted Greenland ice sheet.

Greenland – 12 Jul 12

“NASA Lying About Their Own Press Release,” reads a different headline on the StevenGoddard website.

“NASA should start distributing dictionaries to the authors of its press releases,” joked Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist and the author of the World Climate Report blog.

“It’s somewhat like the rush to blame severe weather and drought on global warming,” Anthony Watts, a noted climate skeptic and the author of the Watts Up With That blog, told “Yet when you look into the past, you find precedence for what is being described today as unprecedented.”

NASA badly blew it earlier this week with this headline “Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt,” writes Andrew Revkin in the New York Times.

Unprecedented means “never done or known before.” Yet the news release beneath the headline directly undercuts that description of this melting event, saying that it is rare — the last wide surface melt was in 1889, recorded in separate ice cores at the Greenland ice-sheet summit and in the northwestern part of the vast frozen expanse — and has happened roughly every 150 years over a long stretch of centuries, as recorded deeper in the ice.

“The belief that almost any aberration in weather and climate today can be attributed to global warming is pure folly,” said meteorologist Anthony Watts. and-ice/

Thanks to Bill Sellers, Dave, Nick Re, Adrian, John Reno, Chip, Laurel, Tim Morrison, Bradley Haythornthwaite, Roger Oomkins and Peter Lamb for these links.

“The first thing that came to mind was, figures don’t lie, but liars figure,” says Dave.

“Thought you might like this little piece of scaremongering,” says Nick Re. “Love the website nice to see some independent thought for a change.”