So much sea ice in Antarctica that a research vessel gets stuck, in summer!

Watts Up With That?

For the latest, see this new story. and this opinion piece on why this is a fiasco

UPDATE:Turns out this “research” vessel was mostly a taxpayer funded junket for getting video stories to BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia, see update2 below.

It is summer in the southern hemisphere and yet there is still signifiicantly above normal amounts of sea ice present as the passengers and crew of one tour ship discovered. The icebreakers Xue Long and Aurora Australis, and a French research vessel Astrolabe are cruising towards the Akademik Shokalskiy at full throttle for rescue. Photos and maps follow.

PR from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Dec 25th, 2013:

Search and rescue of passenger vessel trapped in ice underway

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a search and rescue for a Russian passenger ship beset by ice approximately 1500 nautical miles south…

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From a School Chum of mine in Alberta, Canada.


Environment Canada has issued a travel warning due to snowfall and bad road conditions.

They suggest that anyone travelling in the current icy conditions should ensure they have the following:

Shovel
Blankets or sleeping bag
Extra clothing including hat and gloves
24 hours worth of food
De-Icer
Rock Salt
Flashlight with spare batteries
Road Flares or Reflective Triangles
Full gas Can
First Aid Kit
Booster cables

I looked like a f**n’ idiot on the bus this morning!

U.S. Navy Festivals of Lights

U.S. Navy Festivals of Lights

The U.S. Navy has a rich history full of traditions. One of them is the annual Festival of Lights in which Sailors get into the holiday spirit and decorate their ships.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) displays holiday lighting while moored at its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Lowell Whitman/RELEASED)
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) displays holiday lighting while moored at its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Lowell Whitman/RELEASED)

It is also called Dress Ship.

Christmas Day 2013: Angeles National Forest and Wrightwood.

Missus ORPO and I did something different this year as we did not go back to Kansas or visit in Palmdale with family there. We took a day trip to the San Gabriel Mountains to see some snow and have a look around. The road into this area is The Angeles Crest Highway.

The new Nikon D3000 came in handy………………………………….

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On The Lighter Side: It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. Whoa.

On The Lighter Side: It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. Whoa.

“It’s possible you’ve never heard of Simon Beck, but after today, you won’t be able to forget him or his wintry works of art. Simon is an artist and is most well-known for making incredibly delicate and detailed art in the snow, just by walking over a fresh snowfall. He literally walks miles in the snow to create these pieces. And the part that blows our minds? He could spend hours upon hours creating one design, just to have it be covered by snowfall or blown away by the next day. But he still makes them.”

Simon walks over layers of fresh snow in special shoes to create his mind-boggling art.

He creates large, mathematical patterns that have different  effects when viewed from different angles.

More pictures and descriptions at the link.