Blogging While Intoxicated

Our intrepid climate clowns are nearing 500 miles of impenetrable ice, and blogging under the influence of Vodka. Do they expect the ice to melt when the water is 0.4 degrees?

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35 Responses to Blogging While Intoxicated

  1. AndyG55 says:

    I read that as 4ºC.

    I think the dot in front is a boozy or sea-sick full stop.

    Still, very slow melting if any.

  2. Colorado Wellington says:

    They need to learn from the Russians. Vodka makes them better in dealing with the weather, ice and machinery. It also fortifies them against injuries.

  3. Leon Brozyna says:

    Ice and the cult of global warming true believers … never a good combination. On the other hand, if they’ve enough vodka, they’ll have plenty of fixings for vodka on the rocks.

  4. Stephen Richards says:

    That is a very unpleasant trip. Well done numpties.

  5. gator69 says:

    Three sheets to the wind?

  6. Stephen Richards says:

    Earth nullschool site shows 30mph winds blowing them back to the Russian coast with sea temps around 1 to 4°C

    • AndyG55 says:

      If the win is blowing towards the Russian coast, it will only thicken the sea ice in the Vilkitsky Strait/ Laptev Sea region

  7. Anto says:

    Not unlike the quest for the Holy Grail. It was a myth, too, but attracted thousands of gullible numpties to the cause.

  8. Caleb says:

    That did seem an odd comment, “Off to the pub.” My understanding was that the “Northabout” is a dry ship.

    It could be they are just experiencing a rough ride. I’ve experienced it, and after I got over my sea-sickness I still found it very difficult to write anything at all. Your brains do not operate the same as they do ashore.

    Seasickness is no joke. My guess is that the women and teenager are not happy campers. It is interesting that he is seeking calm in the center of the depression. Earlier they were holding back, avoiding the center, hoping to avoid the stronger winds and hoping the depression would fade. However even as the primary low faded away towards Bering Strait a secondary has popped up to their south, on the coast of the Kara Sea.

    • Caleb says:

      I checked out Dr. Ryan Maue’s maps over at Weatherbell, and I can see why our fearless captain wants to get out of there. The winds are up towards 30 knots, and will stay strong as they swing to the north, but the 24-hour-map does show it looks calmer to the east, while winds stay strong where he is.

      Fortunately they are still a ways away from the sea-ice. I wouldn’t want to bump a berg under these conditions.

      Here’s the 24-hour GFS forecast map:

    • R Shearer says:

      Not a dry ship. The captain suffered from withdrawal symptoms after 3 days. At least one of the crew has been drinking early and often.

      • AndyG55 says:

        A recipe for bad decisions !!!

        May they remain safe until they get back to Murmansk, in a couple of weeks time.

    • Caleb says:

      Above map shows conditions 24 hours from now (or actually 6z Friday).

      Map below shows conditions 6z this morning.

      This is no picnic they are on.

      • Caleb says:

        Hmm. Notice the isobars in the above maps suggest the ice will be blown away from the shore. However, as the low moves into the Laptev Sea the winds swing around and the ice will be starting south by Saturday. Then on Sunday the low swings north and even the Laptev Sea gets north winds. (Shameless plug: it is worth 75 cents a day to get Dr. Ryan Maue’s maps.) Below is Saturday’s GFS forecast map. (Not sure how far I would trust it, if I were a captain.)

  9. Jason Calley says:

    I would have to describe them as more foolhardy than brave, but good luck to them, nonetheless. I have ever expectation that they will be wiser by the time they give up this quest.

  10. Neal S says:

    The Polar Ocean Challenge has changed course again.

  11. Gail Combs says:

    Blogging While Intoxicated is not the problem, taking the helm while intoxicated is the problem.

    Vodka + heavy seas = really Seasick and too clumsy to make it safely to the rail…. YUCK

  12. Jim Hunt says:

    Do you have any idea what water temperature sea ice melts at Tony?

    Apparently not!

    • Gonzo says:

      What’s your point jimmy? The water temps are just above freezing .4C equal to 32.72F just barely above the freezing point of seawater 28c. The air temps above 80N are just above freezing and will soon go below freezing. This boat is running out of time and soon.

    • tonyheller says:

      Summer sea ice, and MYI in general is fresh water. Fresh enough to drink. Melting point is 0C

      • Jim Hunt says:

        You seem to be unaware that summer sea ice floats on sea water Tony? For your edification:

        Do you fancy drinking some fresh Vilkitsky Strait water? Hopefully the crew of Northabout have more sense than that!

        • David A says:

          what are you trying to. Say?

          • Jim Hunt says:

            Did you bother to read my link David? It appears not. I’m saying that Tony is mistaken.

            Do you prefer academic papers to empirical graphs of sea ice melt? If so try this one:


            It contains a handy graph of melt rate versus water temperature. Multi-year sea ice quite clearly melts at water temperatures well below 0 °C.

          • AndyG55 says:


            2007 was the peak of the AMO, the bottom melt is warmer ocean currents from the AMO.

            A paper based on IGNORANCE.

            You only have to read the abstract to see it is the ABSOLUTE in confirmation BIAS.\

            “widely recognized as an indicator of climate change,”

            BULLSHIT !!!!!!

            “The causes of the dramatic loss”

            What DRAMATIC LOSS… .. Its a natural cycle linked to the AMO, nothing dramatic about it at all.

            Seriously, is this a science paper or a piece of PROPGANDA PAP ?

          • AndyG55 says:

            It says a lot about the depth claimate science peer-review has sunk to that an abstract like that can actually be accepted. !!!

            ZERO science.

            100% PROPAGANDA PAP.

          • AndyG55 says:

            “reaching a record minimum ”

            BULLSHIT again.

            Minimum was zero or near zero sea ice during most of then 3/4 of the Holocene.

          • AndyG55 says:

            “have implications for the future trajectory of the Arctic sea ice cover”

            BULLSHIT yet again.

            Do you ever READ this CRAP, Jimbo !!!

          • AndyG55 says:

            “Do you ever READ this CRAP, Jimbo !!!”

            With your minute brain actually engaged.

            Do you really NOT SEE the UTTER BULLSHIT that is in the abstract ??????

        • Marty says:

          uurghh much of the salt is forced out upon freezing and the salt gets trapped beneath the ice.

          The very crystallized formation of freezing water eject the dissolved salt.

          Add to that ice forms on top too from moisture in the air, which has no salt in it.

          Jim jim jim, deal lord

          Yes it would not taste great but it’s possible it may be drinkable depending, from the surface, not all of the ice

          If they ran out of water with no resupply, they’s sure be trying it that’s for sure, unlike salt sea water which they would not

          • Jim Hunt says:

            Marty, Marty, Marty.

            The salt doesn’t “get trapped beneath the ice”:


          • AndyG55 says:

            read your own links, CLOWN

            “… salt is excluded from the ice crystal in a process known as “brine rejection”, … This leads to an area of high salinity water due to brine rejection, which sinks ”

            ok , not trapped.. because it wants to sink anyway.

            You really have to take the time to consult with your “guys” at Exeter Uni.. you are SERIOUSLY making a FOOL of yourself… as usual.

  13. AndyG55 says:

    WOW , look at the massive increase since last year, PARTICULARLY in the Vilkitsky/Laptev region !

    • AndyG55 says:

      Northerly wind pushes the 2m thick ice off the shore of Vilkitsky Strait.

      Southerly wind clogs up the Laptev Sea with even more ice , impassable for all but a powerful ice-breaker.

      Murmansk, I hope they have rooms booked !!!

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