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Aurora Australis Warned Of Thick Ice In October

January 4, 2014

By Paul Homewood


h/t sunshine hours



Professor Turkey and the rest of the pseudo-scientists should have known just how bad conditions were off the coast of Antarctica, long before they set off.


Back in October, ABC reported on the first voyage of the season of the Aurora Australis, the ice breaker that had to rescue the buffoons, and which had herself been trapped in ice for three weeks in November.


Expeditioners on board the Aurora Australis are preparing for a rough start to their first Antarctic voyage of the season.

The icebreaker will travel about 4,800 kilometres to Davis Station on the first of five resupply trips this year.

It will deliver a team of researchers and 580 tonnes of cargo.

Voyage leader Tony Foy has told Radio National the weather forecast was not good for the start of the journey and there was a lot of ice to get through.

"We’re expecting thick sea ice on the way, but as I told the expeditioners yesterday they’ll get the full Southern Ocean experience which I’m sure they’ll all want," he said.

"Microwave data we got last week shows the ice concentration this year is as high as it’s been since we started taking readings back in the late 70s.

"I think we can expect it to be pretty slow when we hit the ice edge."


The ship will make five supply voyages during the summer season.

Aurora Australis



The Akademik Shokalskiy set sail in early December, and those in charge should have been fully aware of all of this. If they were, why did they not amend their plans accordingly, instead of putting lives at risk. Whose decision was it to carry on regardless?

And if they were not aware, we are entitled to ask why.

Either way, it suggests extreme negligence.

  1. catweazle666 permalink
    January 4, 2014 4:21 pm

    Ah well Paul, empirical instrumental data from professional on-the-spot observers might be all very well for climate deniers, but professional climate McScientists naturally place far more reliance on the data from their Xbox games computer models, especially when lives may well be at stake.

    You know it makes sense!

  2. January 4, 2014 6:57 pm

    Good catch. The NSIDC Sea Ice Index clearly shows the build up of the sea ice in November.

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