A brief visit to Akureyri

After a busy five days at sea filled with ups and downs (pun intended) we are having an unexpected but welcome break. Well, hardly a break as the work never stops, but the opportunity for a night off and a few beers was well received with the team. So far we have completed two CTD transects, launched several radiosondes during a moderate cold air outbreak, and spent plenty of time fixing niggling problems.

The downside is we are losing a couple of days of observations, exacerbating the initial delays. But 60 knot winds off Scoresby Sund, East Greenland, driving dangerously high seas in our target area, coupled with a broken capstan, forced the Italian crew to call a brief retreat to harbour.

We will be underway again at 18:00 this afternoon and steaming straight back towards the ice edge. Next on the list is another CTD transect, deployment of two ocean gliders, deployment of a met buoy and of course more radiosondes. No cold-air outbreak conditions expected for a few days but we will be ready when the next one comes!

At least the stop provides an opportunity to find a decent internet connection to upload a few pictures.

 

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NRV Alliance in Akureyri harbour.
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Lovely conditions for testing the radiosonde antenna.
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The UEA met team.
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The misty mountains of Akureyri.
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How you deal with snow in Iceland.
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Enjoying strapping up the GPS antenna in 40 knot winds (-20°C wind chill), high seas and an icy deck. “Prepare for 80 knots!”
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