Fog Rolls in to Sisimiut, and Dark Snow Picture Still Unclear

July 4, 2013

We awakened on July 2 to find Sisimiut enshrouded in Fog. The meeting of moist and dry airmasses in this sliver of land between ocean and ice makes for dramatic contrasts that change hourly and unpredictably.

You can watch the fog slowly dissipate in the video above. I pulled out a single frame that showed a local resident who briefly landed in front of the camera. Anyone that can identify this, let me know.


Not long after the fog rolled out, it rolled back in again. Air Greenland was able to sneak one flight into the airfield before the white out returned. I set up my camera to record, but while I was inside working, a new visitor stopped by to take in the view. See if you can catch the frame in the video here.

foxOur helicopter situation grows increasingly problematic. We will need a positive resolution of our provider’s bureaucratic snafu in very short order, or we may have to go to some undesirable plans B and C.  July 4 will be a key decisionmaking day.

11 Responses to “Fog Rolls in to Sisimiut, and Dark Snow Picture Still Unclear”

  1. pinroot Says:

    And the point of all this is…?

  2. andrewfez Says:

    Status update. Sometimes life throws you lack of helicopters. In the mean time, please enjoy this nice clip of a helicopter trying to land on a little Danish ship in a rolling sea near the Faroe Islands (in the middle of the ocean, equidistant from Norway, the UK and Iceland). I don’t know what he’s getting paid, but it ain’t enough.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      One major point is that every time you see data in a scientific publication, you need to know what went in to the process of gathering that – which often takes years, involves the work of many people, who have to press through bad weather, complications, harsh physical conditions, health problems, the occasional divorce or death, and any number of minor screw-ups, to get the information.
      When we flew out here, a senior meteorologist told me he thought the weather was going to be unfavorable – perhaps impossible for any work to get done. We managed to scrounge up an odd flight, ducked past a threatening fog bank, got up on the ice sheet took some samples, and got some decent footage.
      As it turned out, the weather was fine – (damn weathermen) but our flying partner has run into problems, which as of this writing, we still plan to solve, and go on to do the rest of our work.
      We’ve had to cancel a couple of planned flights – but I was scheduled to be in Sisimiut during this time in any case. The advantage is that Dr. Box has been here, rather than flying, so a lot of interviews have been done now that would have been done later.
      As a result, we’ve already created or sourced enough interviews, still pictures, and video to cover the needs of several outlets in coming weeks and months. We’ve established some credibility that will allow us to continue this work, and we’ve formed some new relationships that should serve well in coming months. When I return home, I’ll be working on media to help support the september rollout of IPCC AR5, and I’ll be much better positioned to do so.
      I’ve done enough sailing to know that you are at the mercy of chance when you take one of these trips, and you have to roll with it.

  3. johncantelo Says:

    The bird is a male Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) presumably of the Greenland race leucorhoa. Northern Wheatears are widespread in the old world but restricted to Alaska & the extreme north in America. The Greenland race is brighter, bigger and longer winged than the nominate form – the larger size & longer wings are thought to be an adaptation as they winter in Africa (Senegal, etc).

  4. astrostevo Says:

    You’re not alone in being stranded by Greenland weather and lack of choppers.

    See if you can this doco Nothing on Earth’ by Murray Fredericks :

    ABC TV screened 23rd June 2013 only one day left to view. (Yikes! Sorry.) Stunning doco bya photographer who visited & superluminously filmed Greenland and Lake Eyre.

  5. I thought Greenland was green. 😉

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