“Unprecedented ice conditions” in Newfoundland

Sea ice four feet (122 cm) thick in places.

As of Monday, easterly winds had driven ice the western side of Conception Bay and Trinity Bay near St. Johns.

Newfoundland sea ice – 4 Apr 2017 – Photo courtesy Canadian Coast Guard

Much of the ice near St. John’s and along the island’s eastern shore is more than four feet thick, said Rebecca Acton-Bond, acting superintendent of ice operations for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Wind-driven sea ice in sheltered harbors is not abnormal, as similar occurrences took place in 1993, 2008 and 2014.

However, the pressure impacted upon the ice this year is much higher than normal, said Acton-Bond.

Earlier this week a whale succumbed after being trapped in the ice off Newfoundland and a ferry carrying 209 passengers,  85 commercial vehicles and 65 other vehicles was stuck in the ice off Cape Breton.

“Ice is now fully into the harbour,” says storm Hunter Mark Robinson. An older couple we just talked to said they haven’t seen anything like this since the 80’s.


See ice photos from Mark Robinson:

Thanks to scsi_joe for this link

3 thoughts on ““Unprecedented ice conditions” in Newfoundland”

  1. so much for those idiots who told us 17 years ago that the Arctic would be ice free by now in winter. Mind you, this is April in Newfoundland.

  2. This is significant – more evidence that reduced solar activity and cooler, wetter conditions on Earth really do correlate. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this ice to disappear this year and whether it reappears in the same volume and extent next year.

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