Halfway through February my attention is always drawn to the North, where sea ice flows down the Labrador shore, slowly making its way to Newfoundland.

This year’s first look reveals there isn’t a whole lot of ice out there at the moment, it’s especially striking in a side-by-side comparison with last year:

Mid-February Ice Chart 2020 vs 2021

Looking back through the archives, sea ice has usually been more widespread by this time of year. To see a similarly minimal ice season we have to go back to 2010:

Mid-February Ice Chart 2010 to 2019

After the no-ice season of 2010, I kept an eye on the situation in 2011 and anticipated the sea ice wouldn’t make it to St. John’s that year either, so I ended up driving to Twillingate and Fogo Island to experience the ice there.

By the look of today’s chart, I think it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing any sea ice in St. John’s this year either, but it will likely flow down a little further than it is right now. To La Scie maybe? To Twillingate and Fogo? We’ll know more in the coming 2 months, so I’ll keep an eye on it and let you know.