Via desmogblog, a Nasa article about snow melting in Greenland: NASA Finds Greenland Snow Melting Hit Record High in High Places. A new NASA-supported study reports that 2007 marked an overall rise in the melting trend over the entire Greenland ice sheet and, remarkably, melting in high-altitude areas was greater than ever at 150 percent more than average. In fact, the amount of snow that has melted this year over Greenland could cover the surface size of the U.S. more than twice.
But look more closely: the graph shows, and the text says, that 2007 has less melt than several other years. There is clearly a nice upward trend, but 2007 (despite the low sea ice) doesn’t look like a record. I think what they have done is looked at the area above 2000m and found a record max for that, not the whole sheet.
[Update: several people have noticed that the area comparison against the US is misleading at best and more resaonably described as “horse.. er.. hogwash”. They add up the daily snowmelt area to get their total; they could as reasonably add up the hourly or secondly area to inflate their numbers more (OK, so its a daily product, so that isn’t quite true; but their “area” isn’t comparable to the US) -W]