Last updated: Wednesday, 05. July 2017 17:03 UTC   Local time GMT +2

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The RRS James Clark Ross is on science cruise JR16006 to the Arctic and during this work period will be spending some time outside of the communications satellite that I use to update this web page.  More information on this can be found HERE

At 15:32 UTC the RRS James Clark Ross crossed the Arctic Circle and is now,  not surprisingly,  in the Arctic.  Looking out the window one would never really know as the sun has been shining down on us and with little wind it has been almost tropical outside.

Could it get any calmer?  This was the view this afternoon as we approached the Arctic Circle.

  I have mentioned that at some point during our time in the Arctic,  especially when about about 76 North,  our main form of communications will be lost as the satellite slips below the horizon.  Our alternative means of communication will use the small antenna on top of the Met Office Automatic Weather Station (which itself has a similar antenna for it's own communications link).  I am now fairly confident that whilst we are operating in the communications black hole I will be able to send some of our weather observations which may well be possible to via the ship's track link at the top of the page.

Final view for today and again showing just how nice it is out there.  This is ideal conditions for sighting whales and sadly not one has been seen so far! 

One of our science team is writing a blog and it can be viewed HERE

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report Wednesday, 05 July 2017 

Latitude: 65 52 N
Longitude: 007 21 E
Bearing: 228 T, 327 Nm from Tromso
Course Made Good 025 T
Destination: Tromso
ETA at 8.0 knots is 09:00 on 07 July 2017
Distance Travelled: 200
Total Distance Travelled: 1072
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 114
Average Speed: 8.3
Total Average Speed: 9.4
Wind: Direction W, Force 2
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 10 C Sea Temp: 12 C
Pressure: 1017.3 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

 

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com