The good weather has returned

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2 January 2007

 The good weather has returned after three days of strong winds up to 40 knots. Although the ice has now stabilized, areas of open water have been covered by blown snow, providing a layer of insulation and slowing.

  Position: 83°40’N, 138°31’E
 Course and Speed: E, 0.1 knots
 Wind: W, 10 knots
 Sea Ice: Stable
 Visibility: Good, clear sky
 Moon: First quarter
 Air Temperature: -20°C
 Water Temperature: -1.7°C

 The good weather has returned after three days of strong winds up to 40 knots. Although the ice has now stabilized, areas of open water have been covered by blown snow, providing a layer of insulation and slowing
 
the freezing process. Consequently we have to take extra care when walking on the ice now, the dogs providing us with the best guide on safe zones.

 Yesterday we recovered the Nansen bottles by hand that were left suspended in the ice on 500m of cable when the ice broke up. The hole that we used for our soundings was directly behind the boat, but has now been displaced 100m to our east. The photo ‘CTD Hole’ shows the final resting position of the hole after the ice stopped moving. The photo ‘Ice Block’ shows the thickness of the ice that approached and compressed on the side of Tara.

Grant