After some quick looks at the state of the sea ice in JanuaryFebruary, and mid-March, Newfoundland’s sea ice finally made it to St. John’s in the last 2 days of March, which is right on time.

Enthusiastic reports on the Weather Network and social media quickly created a buzz around the whole thing, and curious crowds wasted no time descending upon the beach, with some even venturing out on the ice a little further than sensible.

I’m sure plenty of baymen were amused by this sudden interest from all us townies, after all if you live on the northwest shore of the island you see this kind of thing every year, in some years for months at a time. On the Avalon however, the sea ice isn’t as reliable a guest, showing up maybe once every 3 or 4 years, and then offering a spectacular and irresistible change of scenery overnight.

Because the continuous cloud cover made it hard to see the scale of 2017’s icy invasion on satellite images, I just regularly checked the webcams. Yesterday however, the veil lifted enough to have a decent look from above (using NASA’s worldview):

Sea ice all over Newfoundland’s north and east shore – April 5 2017

You can easily see the large white pockets of ice tucked away in all the north facing bays, but for a better look at the Avalon’s ice situation I also pulled up the 7-2-1 band, which shows thermal anomalies, like cold sea ice in bright blue:

Bright blue shows cold ice in the 7-2-1 band – April 5 2017

Now the ice can be seen underneath the veiling clouds along the east coast. The wind has spread it out quite a bit, as wind tends to do, but the ice still clings to land at Cape Race and Mistaken Point.

For those of you curious as to why I like sea ice: quite simply, it comes bearing gifts from the north! Icebergs, seals, polar bears, and like I said before, a spectacular change of scenery, I thinks it’s amazing. I absolutely love sea ice and if I were still living in Newfoundland today, no amount of wintry weather would keep me inside, I’d be out on the trail having a great time!

Stay safe and have fun everyone! 🙂


Because today was such a clear day (at least it was when the satellite flew by), here’s a quick update with today’s picture, just the Avalon and its sea ice:

Avalon Sea Ice – April 6 2017