And the catch of this melting season goes to Patrick Lockerby, having spotted something very spectacular indeed between the blanket of clouds. I take my sombrero off to you, sir!
Glaciologist Mauri Pelto predicted it in the comment section of the previous animation I made of the sea ice breaking off in front of the floating ice tongue of Petermann Glacier: "I do expect a notable calving retreat this summer."
Well, it has happened:
I'll be updating this image the coming days. Read all about it over at Patrick's blog.
Here's an animation of today's image compared to an image of over 5 weeks ago:
As a bonus I have added an animation of the few images of Jakobshavn Glacier that weren't obstructed by clouds. When watching carefully and focussing on different parts of the glacier you can see the ice moving, but no calving events as of yet (you can see my animation of the calving event in the first week of July here):