It really is too early to be thinking about icebergs coming our way, but last year around this time they showed up anyway, remember?
To make a little sense out of the whole iceberg situation, have a look at the iceberg charts for March 16, from 2009 to 2013:
In the 2009 iceberg season, the St. John’s area saw both sea ice and icebergs, it was our first year in Newfoundland and an amazing introduction to icebergs.
The 2010 iceberg season was very disappointing, no icebergs, no sea ice…
In 2011 I feared a repeat of the 2010 no-show season, so I visited Central Newfoundland to see the sea ice and icebergs there. A good thing too, because that whole season no ice made it as far south as the St. John’s area.
I’m sure the 2012 season is still plenty fresh on your memory. Lots of icebergs made their way to our St. John’s area and beyond. The first big piece of ice to approach the coast did so at Signal Hill.
And finally, today’s chart. It’s hard to say anything useful about it, even the Ice Service itself doesn’t ‘predict’ the iceberg season. The grid is not as empty as in 2010 and 2011, but not nearly as full as in 2009 or 2012. I think we will not see any sea ice in St. John’s this year, and much less icebergs than in 2012.
I think at the very least it is safe to say that if you must see icebergs this year, plan a trip to Central Newfoundland or the Great Northern Peninsula.
All these charts come from the Canadian Ice Service, you can find them and much more information on their website. Click on the charts here to see a larger version.