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Old 03-04-2017, 18:02   #1
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Pack ice around Newfoundland

St. John's harbour is completely blocked with pack ice as well most bays to the north
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Old 04-04-2017, 04:52   #2
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Re: Pack ice around Newfoundland

Pretty amazing. I went looking for pictures of this and read about the storm that drove the ice in. I'm sure you know this, since you're there, but kinda news to most of the rest of us....

An intense north Atlantic storm pushed an unusual surge of sea ice at St. John's, Newfoundland, on Friday, a sight not seen by some locals in decades.
The powerful Atlantic low, centered about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, produced strong northeast winds gusting up to 70 mph in parts of Newfoundland.

This intense fetch of winds pushed a surge of sea ice from off the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula into harbors, including St. John's Harbor.

Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson spoke with residents who said they hadn't seen anything like this ice surge since the 1980s.

The view from Signal Hill, just northeast of St. John's near the mouth of the harbor called the Narrows showed almost a completely ice-jammed waterway Friday.

To the north of St. John's, ice also jammed into bays and coves in the northern Avalon Peninsula.

Environment Canada warned of "extensive ice buildup or significant pressure" from the strong onshore winds pushing pack ice toward the coast.
The storm also produced blizzard conditions in parts of Newfoundland. Blizzard warnings were in effect for much of the rest of Newfoundland other than the Avalon Peninsula. Winds had gusted as high as 69 mph at Sagona Island, off Newfoundland's south coast Friday morning.

This storm explosively developed from a combination of ingredients.
A low pressure center earlier in the week that was being monitored as a potential, rare subtropical cyclone east of the Bahamas, Invest 90-L, congealed with another low off the coast of Nova Scotia.
With a boost from a powerhouse jet stream plunge arriving from eastern Canada, this merged low deep-ended explosively.

NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center estimated the central pressure of the storm at 964 millibars Friday morning, with significant wave heights up to 41 feet south of the low pressure center.

This was the second major north Atlantic storm in a week.
Three days earlier, another intense, photogenic storm swirled in roughly the same location.
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Re: Pack ice around Newfoundland

Some great pix, Cormorant! Good luck and safe sailing.
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:54   #4
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Re: Pack ice around Newfoundland

Just saw on my Facebook that there is a Polar bear near Newmans Cove which is near Bonavista, close to our cabin.

Thank goodness we are in the Bahamas!

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