Last updated: Thursday, 27. July 2017 14:36 UTC   Local time GMT +2

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The James Clark Ross is now outside the limits of the normal communications satellite.  I may,  from time to time,  be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report,  below.  There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint.  I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work. More information on this can be found HERE

The James Clark Ross has now completed the science work at the most northerly station  shortly after midnight and has started the journey south.  This is not going to be a fast passage as the intention is to stop along the way to carry out more science work.  The weather has also changed and it has been a very dull and overcast day today,  but one advantage of this is that it helps with the navigation in the ice as open water can be seen in the distance by the colour of the sky.  Above large areas of open water the sky is dark,  known as 'water sky' whilst it reflects the ice as a bright white sky and this is known as 'ice blink'.  This only works well on overcast days.

With the wind having been from the south for the past few days this has caused the ice to the south of us to become more consolidated and so slower to progress through.  Thankfully there are numerous open pools of water that  it is possible to carry out the deployment of the equipment in.

The next move from our current position  should bring us to about 78 North and I am hoping that the communications satellite might just be visible to us and the process of catching up with all the outstanding email can then begin.

There has been little in the way of wildlife with just some seagulls following us.

Previous updates from this trip  The archive only goes to 13th July.  Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.

Noon Position Report Thursday, 27 July 2017 

Latitude: 81 20 N
Longitude: 29 32 E
Bearing: 34 T, 247 Nm from Longyearbyen
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 45
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 8.8
Total Steam Time: 167.3
Average Speed: 5.1
Total Average Speed: 8.9
Wind: Direction S, Force 3
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: -0.7 C Sea Temp: -0.1 C
Pressure: 1007.6 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

 

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com