Wow! The Yukon Arctic Ultra Race looks really cool! Hey, I would love to participate in it and try my guts, but not in Canada. In Siberia, definitely! Especially in my lovely Yakutia!
What is the Yukon Arctic Ultra? Read the race info… (more…)
Adventure enthusiasts from the Russian city of Ivanovo were reported to be the first sailers, who have crossed the Polar Circle on an air-inflated trimaran. It happened on Aug. 5th, 2011. Last Satuday, their boat called “Rus” have already made it to the Clyde River in Nunavut, Canada.
When Canadians saw their strange-looking 7.6-metre trimaran, they called it as a homemade boat “made out of bamboo, rope and duct tape.”
Here is what CBC.ca wrote:
“Absolutely fascinating. I’ve never seen the likes of it in my life,” said Constable Rolland Lavoie, who’s with the RCMP in Clyde River. “I would expect that a trip of this sort to be on a huge cruise boat, something huge, but this is something out of Gilligan’s Island, for crying out loud. Very Interesting.”
Ok. Who are these Russian sailers?
BattleHarbour about its video:
What an amazing sight to see! “Small” chunk of the massive Petermann Ice Island. This “berg” is approximately 3 miles long and 2.8 miles wide. Wow, that’s nearly 5 times the size of Battle Island!
Special thanks go out to Port Hope Simpson resident & crab fisherman, Eldred Burden, for capturing this magnificent ice structure. Truly breathtaking!
This part of the Berg has already passed Battle Harbour, but we are still awaiting the arrival of the larger chunk!
A massive ice island that broke off a glacier in Greenland 11 months ago has been winding its way through Arctic waters ever since. Satellites have now spotted it off the coast of Labrador, Canada, MSNBC.com reports,
The ice island was formed when a 97-square-mile chunk of ice broke off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier on Aug. 5, 2010. It was the largest iceberg to form in the Arctic in 50 years.
The IPY 2012 Conference From Knowledge to Action is taking place in Montreal, Canada April 22-27, 2012 and will be one of the largest and most important scientific conferences for polar science and climate change, impacts and adaptation. The Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations is now open.
Conference organizers invite you to submit abstracts on the latest polar science, as well as the application of polar research findings, policy implications and how to take polar knowledge to action. The Conference program is available at www.ipy2012montreal.ca
The Call for Abstracts closes September 30, 2011.
NEW Conference Website Launched
Our new conference website is up and running and features the latest information on the development of the Conference program, as well as indepth articles and highlights of polar science news from around the world on our Conference Twitter page (@IPY2012). Please be sure to update your bookmarks to link to our new site.
The 2011 Marine Live-Ice Auto Expedition (MLAE 2011) has completed the first stage of the long Arctic journey by two amphibian vehicles, “Yemelya 3″ and “Yemelya 4,” from Russia’s Taimyr to Canada’s Resolute Bay through the North Pole.
In March-April, 2011, the team led by Vasiliy Elagin made it from Urengoy to the meteo station located on Golomyannyy Island west off Oktyabrskoy Revolutsii. More than 2800 km. Mostly through hard-passing ices of the Kara Sea.
Polar Explorer Antony Jinman, founder of the Education Through Expeditions project, is a real news maker and great inspiring man, whose mission is to bring world’s knowledge to children right from field studies. Here is other news from him:
On April 17th, Polar Explorer Antony Jinman and his teammates Vijay Shah and Duncan Eadie started their way to Baffin Island, the largest Arctic Archipelago in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, and attempt a first British crossing of the Penny Ice Cap from Okoa Bay, unassisted to Pangnirtung.
The ETEorg press release says:
“This project will cover over 200km, starting and ending at sea level but rising to 1900 metres at its highest point. The mountain passes makes for spectacular scenary as the team traverse this landscape documenting the changes taking place by climate change in photography and film.”
“This expedition is the 8th to Baffin Island by Antony Jinman, witnessing first hand how the landscape is changing and voicing the concerns of the Inuit communitees visited.”
“This expedition will also be the first test expedition for Education Through Expeditions and its discussion board platform for schools, ETETeachers. Our discussion board will be joined by scientists and teachers so that students questions can be discussed and expressed as the expedition unfolds. Through testing this platform we aim to help further develop our services at ETE to aid the classroom and inspire children to follow their own aspirations in life.”
“This expedition will be a key element in the continuing planning and preparations for the International Scott Centnenary Expedition in 2012.”
How to follow Antony Jinman?
Looking out… Snow, snow and more snow The mosquito screen is still in one side of the window and that makes it look a bit blurry.
Snow Picnic Table… Taking from the window in the back of the house
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Hereby we start presenting our faithful contributors… Today, please, welcome Stella Blu. She is a great photographer… and she is a Canadian!
Take a look at her splendid winter photographs. Captions provided by the author.
A year ago I chatted with Jordi, the Catalonian meteorology fan, who runs an amazing blog about amazing snow, http://amazingsnow.wordpress.com/. Think, he is more than just a climate fan, he is actually a pro. Once he wrote the article Limits of Oymyakon for Cold United. A professional could create such a scientific text only.
So I asked him, whether it is possible to display the chart of the current coldest places weather info on any website and, if yes, how to do that. He said that the lowest for “the moment” was not an easy thing to find.
However, Jordi gave me the link to the weather info website www.ogimet.com, I presume, he was working on its development, and said that the world’s coldest places ranking didn’t work yet at that moment…
A few months ago, I received a message from a class mate, who lives now in Calgary. He provided the link to WX-Now’s Coldest places on Earth page and stated, “Calgary is the second coldest place in the world!” I said, “What?!”
The New York Times is putting a Siberian snow connection to the test. On the opinion page it published the interview with Judah Cohen, the commercial climate analyst at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, who proved that the answer is yes.
Judah Cohen wrote an op-ed article for The Times charting a connection between global warming, snow in Siberia and outbreaks of cold weather in parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
“Cohen points to past successful predictions of winter temperatures in North America and Europe as evidence that autumn patterns of snow cover in Siberia have a lot of relevance to people thousands of miles away. He has a prediction for the remainder of this winter, offering a fresh test of his model,” writes Andrew C. Revkin, a NYT columnist.
The science foundation caption:
“Researchers have validated a new weather prediction model that uses autumn snowfall to predict winter cold in the United States and Europe. When snowfall is high in Siberia, the resultant cold air enhances atmospheric disturbances, which propagate into the upper level of the atmosphere, or stratosphere, warming the polar vortex. When the polar vortex warms, the jet stream is pushed south leading to colder winters across the eastern United states and Europe. Conversely, under these conditions the Arctic will have a warmer than average winter.”
Read the full story on the New York Times website and find answers to the following questions:
- What got you focused on this particular puzzle piece, Siberian snow, a decade or so ago?
- Some scientists and environmental campaigners have been asserting that it’s delayed freezing of sea ice that is the most important influence jogging winter Northern Hemisphere patterns. Given the complexities of NAM/NAO, ENSO, sea ice, and Siberian snow, is it possible to know which are chickens and which eggs – or irrelevant?
- How is the “character” of Northern Hemisphere winters likely to change with continued greenhouse gas accumulation?
P.S. Hey, how much snow do we have in the early winter this time in Siberia? A lot! Does it mean that… It seems that it does!
That’s good to be connected via Twitter. Received a message from Canada-based @eyeonthearctic, who informed me about the release of a new documentary of Inuit Contemporary Arts.
Art in the North is changing. While traditional art is still quite popular around the world, Inuit artists are increasingly interested in creating art that reflects today’s reality; visual reflections on social change and climate change. To date, the South has largely ignored “THE NEW RAW” coming from the North. Journalist Eilís Quinn explores what this means, and whether the South may be missing out on something truly historic, and important.
The full video is available at Eye on the Arctic.
Well, that’s a good sharing experinece. If you’ve got cold-related events announcements, just tell me by any means.
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