A heat wave that meteorologists and local newsmen are calling ‘Lucifer‘ has killed 5 people and is quickly melting glaciers that have been in existence for thousands upon thousands of years.
New footage from Russia’s state sponsored media source Ruptly shows the frightening extent as to how one summer ski area on Stelvio Pass (9,800′) in Italy has seen its glacier melt almost completely– leaving just granite and rock scree behind. The resort has since closed due to the lack of skiable terrain.
Many parts of the Europe have seen record highs this past week with multiple regions reporting multiple days above 100°F. The alpine environments haven’t been able to beat the heat either with some glaciers seeing temps rise into the 90’s, even at towering elevations.
Following the heat wave, a torrential downpour near Cortina d’Ampezzo caused a rock avalanche that ultimately killed a female motorist.
Many European scientists have since said that climate change is partly to blame for the latest heat wave. A forecaster with Meteo France, Frederic Nathan recently told Euractiv that while these events are not new in Europe, their duration and intensity are unprecedented. “We have always had them but their length and intensity has notched up since the 1950s and 60s and they are increasingly coming earlier or later,” said the Meteo France meteorologist.
Find the entire Ruptly post here: Drone captures Lucifer’s dramatic impact on Alps’ glacier (VIDEO)