STUDY: ARCTIC COULD SEE MORE RAIN THAN SNOW IN 30 YEARS

Nov 30, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Research led by the University of Manitoba predicts it could rain more than it snows in the Arctic in as little as 30 years due to the changing climate.
Lead author Michelle McCrystall of the school’s Centre for Earth Observation Science, it’s expected to happen somewhere between 2050 and 2080.
Previously this transition was predicted to occur sometime between 2070 and 2090.
”With more warning and more rainfall, that kind of percolates through the soil and will allow the soil to warm up,” McCrystall points out.
If permafrost, which stores carbon, thaws ”you’ll get a lot more greenhouse gases that will be emitted into the atmosphere,” she adds.
”Changes that happen in the Arctic don’t really stay within the Arctic.”
In August rain fell on the summit of Greenland for the first time on record.
It’s a spot where precipitation had previously always fallen as snow or ice.                                   
The research can be found in the journal Nature Communications.
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