Farewell, sea ice (for now)

The conditions over the last couple of days have been a bit odd, bringing unseasonably high temperatures (up to a balmy -2 degrees) and northerly winds gusting up to 60mph. This has just been too much for our sea-ice, which started heading southwards at speed yesterday and has continued to break up at a frenetic rate over the course of today.

The series of photos below show the retreating ice-edge in Ryder Bay, to the south of the base, and were taken over the course of a couple of minutes (I’d gone out without a coat on and it was too grim to stay outside for too much longer!).

So farewell, lovely sea-ice – we look forward to seeing you back when the temperature and the winds drop to a more sensible level again!

Sea-ice

The ice-edge, looking reasonably solid in the vicious wind.

Sea-ice

Only a minute later, a big chunk separates off and makes a break for freedom.

Sea-ice

The lead widens rapidly and the ice is gone.

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