Sea ice in October 2009

IMO received reports on observed icebergs the first weekend of the month. One iceberg was observed close to the mouth of Önundarfjörður. The Cost Guard went on ice-survey the 6th of October. They observed 14 icebergs west and northwest of Westfjords, and most of them were approximately 200 nm from the cost. The iceberg closest to shore was located 77 nm westnorthwest of Bjarg. In addition to a detailed map of the icebergs location, the Cost Guard issued as well infrared (IR) images of the icebergs, showing well their shape. Iceberg was also reported to have been seen in Húnaflói. Not all the icebergs were seen in radars and therefore sailors were urged to take precaution. Icebergs near shore are quite common at this time of year. No more observations were received.

Easterly and northeasterly winds prevailed in the Greenland Strait in the month, except for few days in the middle of the month when the wind was southerly and southwesterly.


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