Before today’s update, I’ll relate an odd situation that has just occurred. Based upon an overwhelming number of complaint (i.e., one person), I’ve been booted off the MainstreamLastFirst FaceBook page, and my comments detailing the status and numbers of the Arctic Joule crew have been removed. The reason is that, elsewhere on this site, you can learn that I am not in agreement with the actions proposed by some global warming activists. I am, in other words, a heretic. (I am a science researcher for a living, and the climate change science topic has interested me since the 1970s.) It is not something I discuss there, or in these posts previously, but it was enough (with some false accusations by one other commenter there) to get me cast out as unacceptable, to get “put out on the ice” so to speak.
No matter; I’m still interested in the Arctic Joule‘s doings and hoping for their success. And I’ll continue to update on this site, using the pings from their GPS feed, for those who are interested and remember how to get here. This link will get you to the latest post, and I’ve rigged it up so that updates to the spreadsheet are kept current on any post; they all point to the same file.
Note: Even if there’s no new post, the chart will still be updated often — just note the time stamp visible on the thumbnail. That’s why I made that text large enough to see without having to download the entire file.
Yesterday was a good day for the crew. I’d calculated that they needed to make about 66 kilometers per day (about 41 miles) to finish on their originally hoped-for September 23rd. They made this number yesterday, with over 71km under their belt for a strong finish, with more than 30km so far today. And it’s pointing the right direction as well — east — now that they’re in the Coronation Gulf and can aim closer to their goal. (Some previous days had been good progress on distance, but pointing far enough off course that the effect was countered.)
They’re close to halfway done: 44.2% as of this morning. There is ice ahead, and not much melt season left in this cold Arctic summer. But they just need an edge — a little separation between ice and shore — and perhaps they can pull this off. It is a substantial challenge, and much of it is not within their control. So we follow along, and hope for the best.
My central Arctic Joule page with FAQs is maintained here. Ask a question, here or there, and I’ll be happy to answer it. I’ve just added a discussion of the “days behind” number, currently 12.9.
Thanks for being here. I’m glad that others have found the spreadsheet and charts useful. For those who just want to see the current position and overview, the front page graphic is available here full sized.
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