Cape Spear Iceberg

August 24, 2007


Provided by: Patrick King
Summary authors & editors: Patrick King

The photo above shows a pair of pinnacle icebergs (approximately 20 m or 65 ft in height) adrift off Cape Spear, Newfoundland. It was taken on May 31, 2007 not far from the city of St. John's. I was in Newfoundland attending the annual meeting of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). The week following the meeting I spent with a colleague and our wives, reliving our youth --we were both forecasters in Gander, Newfoundland in 1971-72. During our stay, we observed several more bergs. Icebergs are frequently observed off the Atlantic coast during the spring and summer months. It takes 2-3 years for icebergs to reach the coast of Newfoundland after calving from Greenland glaciers. After several years of relative scarcity, the spring of 2007 was marked by large numbers of icebergs.

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