Iceberg seasons are different every year, and that makes them difficult to accurately predict.
It is possible however to make an educated guess by studying the official iceberg charts from the Canadian Ice Service, so let’s have a look:
The numbers in boxes around the island tell us how many icebergs are present in those areas. Every year I compare those numbers with previous years, because we know how those years turned out.
For example, have a look at the 10 year iceberg comparison I posted last year. That comparison shows early season and peak season charts from 2008 to 2016, it’s a way of gaining insight into the coming peak season by looking at the early season charts.
So what does today’s early season chart tell us?
The iceberg numbers are quite low compared to nearly every other recent year at this date. There’s a fair number of icebergs near shore already, but there aren’t many icebergs following them in the grid further out to sea. An early season chart like this usually means peak season will be near normal from St. Anthony to Twillingate, and below normal from Bonavista to St. John’s.
That said, you only need a couple of icebergs near shore to make an iceberg watcher happy, and even in an average season there are always a few icebergs like that if you’re willing to drive out to them.
The area around the East Coast Trail has 8 icebergs in it already, and I’m sure there are hikers out there looking for them as I’m typing this. 🙂
If you’re interested in keeping track of the unfolding iceberg season, keep your eyes on the ocean and on the daily Canadian Ice Service iceberg charts. The Newfoundland Iceberg Reports (on Facebook) is another great place to get info about current icebergs, and of course at the end of this month IcebergFinder will go live with their iceberg map.
Happy iceberg hunting!