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Old 13-09-2013, 12:04   #76
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Polar bound exited the choke point yesterday, and now appears free to complete their east bound trip. I suspect that dodos delight exited with them but have no confirmation of that.
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Old 13-09-2013, 12:35   #77
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Lord, you folks don't get this thread closed over a glacier melt debate! Start another thread if you wish, but hands off this one, I love this thread, be cool
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Evans, I've been watching the ice charts for the last couple day. what do you think opened things up? wind? Thanks for the reports!
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Anyone know if the German boat Morning Haze made it through. We kept running into each other on our way up to the Bras d Ors.
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Anyone know if the German boat Morning Haze made it through. We kept running into each other on our way up to the Bras d Ors.
They aborted the NWP attempt 8/1 in Greenland after a few boat problems:
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Old 13-09-2013, 16:38   #81
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Very sad about the chopper going down ... dangerous up there!

The BBC published an article today that says: The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Cryosat mission.

During March/April - the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest - the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice.

In its three years of full operations, Cryosat has witnessed a continuing shrinkage of winter ice volume.

It underlines, say scientists, the long-term decline of the floes.
thats not really true.
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Evans, I've been watching the ice charts for the last couple day. what do you think opened things up? wind? Thanks for the reports!
I have not been looking at the eastern areas very closely the past few days - more focused on the weather situation for the west bound boats. So, I am not sure why the ice moved the way it did.

There is still a 9/10 solid ice plug in 'the main route', which did not open at all this year. I am not sure why the 'back door route' opened.

They have been having northerly winds, which usually jam these two eastern channels, but instead in blew the 'back door' ice plug into pieces down the channel.

The simplest biggest factor is that just now (mid-sept) is usually the lowest ice extent time frame. You can actually see 'new ice' forming in the ice charts today.
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Slightly off topic but still of some interest.

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