Titanic Thursday


More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week in an unusually large swarm for this early in the season, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take detours of hundreds of kilometres.

Experts are attributing it to uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, and perhaps also global warming, which is accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away.

As of Monday, there were about 450 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, up from 37 a week earlier, according to the US Coast Guard’s international ice patrol in New London, Connecticut. Those kinds of numbers are usually not seen until late May or early June. The average for this time of year is about 80.

In the waters close to where the Titanic went down in 1912, the icebergs are forcing ships to take precautions.

@ TG


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12 Responses to Titanic Thursday

  1. Den says:

    They should be collecting these things, freshwater-o-plenty!


  2. Den says:

    Speaking of freshwater-o-plenty, it would be wise to freeze seawater and pull out the ice chunks to make the desalination process much shorter and less expensive.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    We’re all doomed. There’s the all encompassing global catastrophe, and the U.S. catastrophe.

    Now we wait to see what the know-nothing moron does about Syria. And about North Korea.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    It started to snow around 9:00 this morning, it was water-heavy, slush piled up. I pushed it away from the back door and push a load along the walkway to the garage, shouldn’t have bothered. That heavy crap has melted.

    It’s windier than heck. Nicholas was dropped off here around 10:45 because Pete and Sara had to work. She picked him up a little after 6:00 and as they headed home up Carter Road, they had to turn abound. There was a tree across the road. I texted Jill about that because that’s the way she comes in the morning to drop Quincy off. Still, that tree will be gone before dark I’m sure.

    I guess it’s supposed to be 70° in a couple days. That’s Michigan for ya.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Don Rickles left this earth today. Made it to 90. I always liked him. He stayed sharp way into old age.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Again 27 minutes to the Tokyo Seoul along the short way. Place was filled to capacity by my arrival.


  7. Den says:

    Hector the raccoon likes his new scooter:


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