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Daily Archives: 5. February 2012 − News & Stories

Hard­ly any drift ice around Spits­ber­gen

Not only the wea­ther, but also the ice situa­ti­on around Spits­ber­gen is cur­r­ent­ly very unusu­al. Espe­cial­ly the rela­tively high water tem­pe­ra­tures have a strong effect on the for­ma­ti­on and dis­tri­bu­ti­on of drift ice. Sta­tis­ti­cal­ly, the annu­al maxi­mum is reached in April. As litt­le ice as now in ear­ly Febru­a­ry is very unusu­al.

Fur­ther east, in Franz Josef Land, the­re is a den­se and exten­si­ve drift ice cover.

Hardly any drift ice around Spitsbergen

Ice chart publis­hed on Febru­a­ry 03, 2012.

Source (ice chart): Nor­we­gi­an meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal insti­tu­te met.no


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