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Old 24-03-2012, 08:55   #16
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Re: March N Atlantic Hurricane?

Originally Posted by Erik de Jong View Post
That's not right. I've spend 10 summers on the coast of Greenland and usually there is no wind at all. the local fishermen consider 20 knots a hurricane!

However, this is on the west coast, pretty much from Nuuk, capital, to Siorapaluk. South of nuuk is in the band of lowpressure systems that are born above the US and are on their way to northern europe. North of Nuuk is seldomly a weather system that gives more than 30 knots of wind.

Once you cross to Canada, the winds will be up, Sometimes extremely violent winds falling of the icy mountains of Baffin (in 2004 we encountered gusts of 80 knots).

Basically you will find lots of wind on your way to Greenland, that is pretty much guaranteed, but once you're there, it is not to bad.
On your way back home you will have to battle against those winds, take in account that it will take at least 50% more time to come home than to get there.
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due to the "land effect" coastal weather is often very different to ocean weather 60+miles offshore,and is dominated by higher pressure over the land giving calm weather inshore.

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Old 24-03-2012, 18:07   #17
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Re: March N Atlantic Hurricane?

Originally Posted by Kettlewell View Post
I wouldn't think you'd want to be heading to Greenland before late June/early July. When I went to Labrador in July we were dodging ice when offshore.
I'm hoping the currents work in my favor.

As I understand it, and I have been watching the ice for about 3 years, the bergs come down the Labrador side when the freeze breaks up.

If we don't have a lot of offshore pack between Nfld and Greenland then I should be OK going up the Greenland side early. Not that its guaranteed, a few years ago there was a long lasting line of ice that lasted late in the season.

Hopefully by going up W Greenland early (may have to skip points south) I will cross over to Baffin late in July and be below Nain by August 15.

Anyway, that's the plan. Who knows what will actually happen. No idea where I will get to but pretty sure I'll start.

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Re: March N Atlantic Hurricane?

A huge part of the SW coast of Greenland is already ice free, and it is not even April yet. You'll be fine in June, prins Christian sound might not be possible, but Don't worry about the west coast.

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