While transiting south on 10 September, we passed through 20 miles of old and thick first year iceI in what to date has been our closest encounter with ice. This was not unexpected but, just as the approach to the pack ice edge several days ago clearly showed the difference in value of the various ice charts being received onboard, this transit did the same. The small scale, low resolution based TOPAZ charts indicated open water. In contrast, the larger scale and composite nature of the NOAA and NATICE charts using higher resolution but older data clearly indicated ice along our planned route. It was expected, but we knew it would not likely be as concentrated as the American charts suggested. As it turned out it wasn’t.
It was quite a shock to log onto Tumblr the other day and actually see the last time I posted a blog.