As a book rose on the US bestseller lists claiming that global warming was a "scam," and conservative radio hosts nationwide began claiming that this year's harsh winter meant that the problem was 'bunk,' increasingly catastrophic signs of impending sudden climate change continued to build.
During the second week of Feburary, a completely unprecedented and unexplained heat wave struck Greenland. Already, melt off Greenland's glaciers has reached record proportions. Should this heat wave be a portent of a hot summer in the far north, the stage will be set for the unfolding of a serious climate catastrophe.
This could take the form of ultra-violent weather, or the collapse of substantial amounts of Greenland ice into the sea, or both.
The official record of 60.8 F was recorded in the town of Frederikshob on the west coast on February 20. The temperature is the highest recorded winter temperature ever recorded in Greenland.
Greenland's coastal areas do not typically have harsh winters, but this temperature was forty degrees above normal for the month. The warm air spread northward, raising temperatures all across the ice sheet before dissipating in the high arctic.
The warm air originated in the Caribbean, and rolled north along the frontal edge of the jet stream. It was not an unusual formation for summer, but for it to appear in midwinter was unprecedented.
The event went generally unreported in the United States.