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Tracking the 2023 ice season #2

The 2023 ice season looked promising last week, and wouldn’t you know it, that promise has come true already.

Let’s have a look at today’s iceberg analysis chart:

Iceberg Analysis Chart – March 15, 2023

A closer look at the chart reveals dozens upon dozens of icebergs near St. Anthony, near Twillingate, and even near the Avalon Peninsula… It’s really quite something.

For up-to-date news shared by local iceberg watchers, don’t wait for news from me, check out the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports group on Facebook. You don’t even need a Facebook account to see all the sightings and excitement.

Looking at the sea ice chart, that situation has changed as well, with northerly winds now pushing the ice ashore:

Ice Chart – March 14, 2023

That ‘red ice’ is very tightly packed ice, the ‘orange ice’ less so, but both offer the same amazing sight of an ocean turned bright white: just have a look at my friend Karen’s latest posts from the Middle Cove and Outer Cove area, north of St. John’s.

Tracking the 2023 ice season #1

March is here and that means the ice season is underway. First, let’s have a quick look at the sea ice situation, here’s yesterday’s chart:

Ice Chart – March 8, 2023

There’s not a whole lot to see or say here: there’s much less ice around than in early March 2022, but far more than in early March 2021.

Next up, and more exciting, are the icebergs, which are already showing up in strong numbers in today’s chart:

Iceberg Analysis Chart – March 9, 2023

Look at that, the 2023 iceberg season already looks very promising! Of course it’s still early days so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ll keep an eye on the charts and update you in the next post as usual. 🙂

December sunrise at Torbay Point

Don’t you just love these late December sunrises? This shot was taken at Torbay Point after 8AM:

Sunrise waves at Torbay Point – Cobbler Path

And for those familiar with Torbay Point, yes it does take some climbing to get down to this view of the ocean, but I think it was well worth it! 🙂

November sunset over Quidi Vidi

Here’s a view of Quidi Vidi you don’t see that often:

Fall sunset – Quidi Vidi

This warm sunset shot is from 10 years ago today, taken from the hills between the lake and the harbour. The image at the very top shows a hiker returning from a walk in the White Hills on Sugarloaf Path, a lovely place to explore in the fall. 🙂

Fall hikes on the East Coast Trail

Colourful, blustery, and intense, a chilly fall hike on the East Coast Trail fills the senses like nothing else, so go out and enjoy it while you can.

For a little trail inspiration, here are some stories and photos from my own fall hikes:

More stories

Read more stories about fall on the East Coast Trail here:

More stories about fall hikes

East Coast Trail Guide

For detailed maps and more in-depth information about the East Coast Trail, check out the East Coast Trail Guide, which will help you make the most of your time on the trail in any season.

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