As originally reported by explorersweb.com, unfavorable conditions have persisted across the ice sheet into September hindering the progress of three separate expeditions.
Despite the poor weather, however, Norwegian sisters Aase and Hanne Seeberg are performing strongly overall on their east-to-west traverse: “They have found deep snow but have skied a regular 20km every day,” reports expedition liaison Lars Ebbeson. “They cleared the Summit [the apex of the Ice Sheet] before the last storm on the east side, so have been able to progress over the last few days.”
On the other hand though, Norwegian guide Are Johansen and British client Preet Chandi are reportedly having a much harder time of it. Their first obstacle was the crevasse-ridden glacier above Isortoq on the east coast, which took about three days to surmount before they reached the Ice Sheet proper. Like the Seebergs, they too have faced anomalously-deep snow for the time of year, and are behind schedule–over 100km from the Summit.
Recently, Johansen and Chandi had to dig in and build a snow wall to protect their camp from the very strong winds. They wrote on their blog: “There are a few things you don’t want on an expedition, at least not all at once, but we were put through the test today: whiteout, heavy snow fall, strong headwind and very cold weather.”
The pair managed to travel on Tuesday and Wednesday, but were again “prisoners of the storm” on Thursday and Friday.
The COLD TIMES are returning in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow. Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Prepare for the COLD— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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