Ice

But, but, but…it is supposed to be ice-free by now

We’ve been told by no lesser luminaries than Al Gore, that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2012.

It is now several years past that and the Arctic circle is still covered in ice.

Last week, the United States Navy launched exercises at the new Ice Camp Sargo in the Arctic Circle. Seen above, the nuclear submarine USS Hampton surfaces through the ice. It’s a majestic sight, but let’s not forget the goal here:

“(This exercise) is our continued commitment to the development of undersea warfare capabilities and tactics in all areas of the world,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Trussler, commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center. “Our superiority in delivering effects in and from the undersea domain to the operational commanders is dependent on the regular exercise and demonstration of these capabilities.”

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Photo Of The Day

The Return of the Sun "Extremely heavy precipitation of rime crystals during the night, our rigging being heavily encrusted some of the ropes being over 3" in diameter, but the effect is beautiful" Hurley Diary. Shackleton aimed to make the first-ever land crossing of the Antarctic continent, but his ship became trapped, then crushed and sunk, by ice before the team could reach their starting point for the trek. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton. (Photo by Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images)

The Return of the Sun “Extremely heavy precipitation of rime crystals during the night, our rigging being heavily encrusted some of the ropes being over 3″ in diameter, but the effect is beautiful”. ?Photo by Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images.

The Endurance

Survival Against the Greatest Odds

When Antarctica?s hulking glacial landmass?icy and inhospitable?was spotted by 18th century British Captain James Cook, he remarked:

?I make bold to declare that the world will derive no benefit from it.?

?That proclamation did not ward away future journeys, though.

One hundred years ago, one of the most astounding tales of survival began aboard a small wooden ship with 28 men trapped in Antarctic ice.

A year and a half later, in August 1916, the details of Sir Ernest Shackleton?s ordeal emerged ? a story of a spectacular, yet triumphant, failure.

For the second time, Shackleton had failed to achieve his goal of reaching the South Pole. Yet, with his ship crushed, his men camped on ice floes and then marooned on a barren island, he managed to sail 800 nautical miles (1,475 kilometres) in a small boat, in winter, to get help. Not a single life was lost, cementing his reputation as a man of boundless courage and one of the greatest leaders of all time.

Shackleton set sail on Aug. 1, 1914, the day England declared war on Germany. The British Admiralty let him go, expecting the war to be over by Christmas. When Shackleton returned, the world no longer cared about gentlemen adventurers and their polar dalliances. It seemed trivial when set against death on an unimaginable scale on the battlefields of Europe.

Shackleton was naturally gifted in the traits that make leaders. Much of it for him was instinct.

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How’s that global warming and ice free Arctic going?

We were told by “scientists” that by 2012 the Arctic Ocean would be ice free due to global warming.

So now we are two years past that prediction how is it actually going?

It is?nearing the end of the northern hemisphere summer, and?Arctic sea ice?isn?t anywhere near melting clean away as?the likes of Al Gore?once claimed.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Reuters/John Gress It's an incredible sight. A building covered in ice, with fire fighters working to extinguish an enormous blaze in a warehouse in below-freezing temperatures on January 23, 2013.

Photo: Reuters/John Gress
It’s an incredible sight. A building covered in ice, with fire fighters working to extinguish an enormous blaze in a warehouse in below-freezing temperatures on January 23, 2013.

Chicago‘s Freezing Fire

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Can you start a fire using ice? You sure can

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Here’s one for the Climate Comedians

Global warming at its finest

Stunning photo from Lake Michigan where winter gales coated St. Joseph Lighthouse in ice (Image/John McCormick) — via Twitter

Image: John McCormick

Image: John McCormick

Stunning photo from Lake Michigan where winter gales coated St. Joseph Lighthouse in ice (Image/John McCormick) — via Twitter

How’s that global warming feeling?

Global warming is attacking hard out in the US…smothering the mid-west in freezing temperatures unheard of for decades.

Plenty more people die from the cold than from heat…but you know the planet is warming and these freezing temperatures are proof of that according to the real denialists, those who ignore there has been no warming for 17 years.

Right about now if you asked residents in the US Mid-West what they thought about global warming you’d probably be stripped naked, doused in water and thrown out in the snow.

A deep freeze expected soon in the US Midwest, northeastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.

It hasn’t been this cold for decades 20 years in Washington, D.C., 18 years in Milwaukee, 15 in Missouri even in the Midwest, where bundling up is second nature. Weather Bell meteorologist Ryan Maue said, “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”? Read more »

Another very Merry Christmas – from your favorite crazy Norwegian

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