Wish versus reality. Ice almost three times thicker than same time last year.
This echoes last week’s failed attempt by the Norwegian icebreaker Kronprins Haakon, which was headed for the North Pole. It was forced to turn back by way more ice than expected. https://www.iceagenow.info/icebreaker-headed-for-north-pole-turned-back-by-thicker-ice-than-expected/
19 July 2019 – “Our German skeptic friend Snowfan here keeps us up to date on the latest “Ship of Fools” attempt to travel across an Arctic that is supposed to be ice-free by now,” writes P Gosselin.
“The latest “Ship of Fools” episode this year is an attempt by the Swedish ice breaker ODEN, which hopes to get through. Unfortunately conditions so far this summer have not been as favorable as they hoped, Snowfan reports:
This year Arctic sea ice in the area of interest on July 14 is (unexpectedly) thicker than it was last year at the same time, and a heck of a lot more than what some climate models and Al Gore projected a bit more than 10 years ago:
In Lancaster Sound and the Barrow Strait (eastern access point to the NW-Passage) sea ice in mid July 2019 is up to 3 meters (about 10 ft) thick, i.e. 2 meters thicker than in mid-July 2018! Source: DMI Arctic Sea Ice Thickness. Larger image: here.
“Over the last ten years Arctic ice volume has even rebounded slightly and if that trend continues, as some expect, the global warming alarmist may never get another chance to get through,” says Gosselin. “Last year failed.”
Wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be ice free by now?
The latest on ODEN, according to CruiseMapper, is that it is currently well off course. Snowfan writes:
In the night of July 19, 2019, the Ship of Fools has deviated far from its planned route southeast of Coburg Island and is positioned this morning west of this island. We await with suspense to see if the climate fools will overcome the thick ice on July 20, 2019 and arrive on time in Pond Inlet.
Thanks to Don Villeneuve for these links