On 14 January I faxed The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development – to read click last link below. The reply from the Chief of Staff for Minister The Hon Warren Truss is scanned page 1 and page 2. Just after I wrote, the ship arrived at Bluff NZ where [...]
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has revised its shipping schedule due to heavy sea ice conditions adjacent to Mawson research station. My est location marked M – just west of Amery Ice Shelf. Satellite image from The Cryosphere Today 23 Jan 2014 – there is an animation there. Midsummer, decades of global warming, sea ice [...]
Plan to curb Antarctic expeditions after costly rescue of trapped ship – January 23, 2014 – Andrew Darby A few flags being run up flagpoles here. AAD still can not count the days the Aurora Australis was held up in ice on the Davis resupply voyage. The ship was impeded on its way in to [...]
Weatherstreet.com forecast maps indicate much of the USA should expect some brisk weather for 10 days or more. Run mouse along dates at bottom to animate map. Anthony Watts has an article pointing out that various weather forecast models agree on this.
For one lot of $180mill we improve scientific knowledge of Antarctica, get invites to Antarctic and climate change conferences, all of which means close to a net zero to the Australian economy. For the other tranche of ~$180mill (download pdf) we improve the prospects for mineral discoveries that will extend our resources industries that prop [...]
Read the ships sitrep for Wednesday 8-Jan-2014 – and the previous one saying they still have 420,000 litres of distillate to pipe ashore – now they are sailing a box pattern 20 miles out to sea until wind conditions ease. Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) costs circa $4million a week so we see now the consequences [...]
Just a tiny counterbalance to our BoM exaggerated heat wave stories. BBC says – N America weather: Polar vortex brings record temperatures – this map from USAToday National weather – click on National. Temperatures in Fahrenheit of course – 32F=0C This masterly map of global winds shows the northerly’s cooling North America and the Atlantic [...]
Late yesterday The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) people were transferred to the Aurora Australis by the helicopter from the Chinese ice breaker the Xue Long. You might expect after several days of frustrating delays they might have hit the track for Casey pronto after loading on the 2nd Jan. According to the ships webcam – [...]
The background to this is in my article two down on December 26th, 2013 – The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) is delayed onboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy which has issued a distress signal while beset by ice – Today we are told by AMSA that the RSV Aurora Australis is due tonight after the Chinese [...]
AMSA has a Media Release – 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 of Hobart.
MV Akademik Shokalskiy – not much bigger than a tug – [...]