Blue-green swimming pools of snowmelt on the Antarctic Peninsula, consisting of on the Larsen C ice rack, have actually just recently been forming months after the continent’s peak summertime melt. Bursts of warm, dry wind cascading over mountains that run along the peninsula are mostly to blame, scientists report April 11 in Geophysical Research Study Letters. In this March 2016 satellite image, meltwater on part of Larsen C can be seen at the foothills of these mountains, simply one case of this kind of wind-induced melting.

Eastward-flowing winds sweeping throughout the Antarctic Peninsula often get adequate speed to surmount its mountain peaks. As the air increases and chills, its wetness condenses and, while doing so, reheats the air. So when the now-dry air comes flowing down the freedom mountainside, it can be a pleasant 20 ° Celsius.

Scientists “have actually informed me they have actually remained in a Tee shirts” while standing in these winds, states cryospheric researcher Tri Datta of NASA Goddard Area Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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