Usually watching ice melt in the arctic is a serene occupation, but the odyssey of the good ship Northabout has made it unusually exciting this year. What they began as a lazy cruise, to demonstrate how ice-free the arctic is, has become an epic struggle against sea-ice that shouldn’t be there, (according to some), and also a battle against storms.
The storms are something I’ve been trying to point out are the real news. They are also something that (according to some) shouldn’t be there. They also involve a delicious irony, for certain people who yearn to see the sea-ice vanish yearn for a storm like we had in 2012. They have had their dream come true, for we have had a whole slew of storms, but the results are not the same as they were in 2012.
Rather than naming all the impulses of low pressure that attacked the…
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