Arctic Spring Snowmelt Increasing Profoundly in Recent Years

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Arctic ice melt gets all the press each year, but new research in Geophysical Research Letters shows that in recent years the rate at which the snow is melting each spring in the Arctic has shown "profound" increases.

The study done by Environment Canada shows that the rate of snow decline each June has increased more than 17% each decade between 1979 and 2011, with the top five lowest June snow cover amounts happening all in the past five years. Looking at data from the past 40 years, the researchers found that decline in snow cover is actually happening faster than the rate of sea ice decline each summer.

All in all the rate of decline is happening faster than computer models have predicted.

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