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Last Great March- 10 March 17

Friday, March 10th, 2017


Weather Forecast - The last great March  -North Pole 2017
Date: 10 March 2017
Start time: 08 March 2017
Start location: Ward Hunt Island 83.08/-74.14
Latest position: 83.08/-74.14

General situation
- the favorable influence of the high pressure is slowly being pushed away and instead the influence of a frontal depression will become predominant.
- this feature will push significantly warmer, hence moister air towards Ward Hunt.
- so the extreme low temperatures will gradually rise and by tomorrow 12-18utc the mercury should show values around -25C

Weather Forecast
Day 1: 10 March
- weather: the day might start still with some open sky but soon more clouds move in, they will thicken up as the day continues eventually solidly overcast with outbreaks of snow grains the following night
- wind: SW 2-6kt - after 15/18utc slightly increasing becoming SW 4-8kt
- temperatures: temperatures are gradually rising: ms42C (ms44F) at 12utc towards ms30C (ms22F) 24 hours later
- ice drift: weak in a ENE to NE’ly direction but in general hardly any movement

Day 2: 11 March
- weather: mainly very cloudy to overcast with slight and intermittent outbreaks of precip/snow grains
- wind: SSW 4-8kt - after 15utc becoming weak to calm
- temperatures: further rising up to ms24/ms26C (ms11/ms15F)
- ice drift: weak in a NNE to NE’ly direction but still in general hardly any movement

Day 3: 128 March
- weather: again the cloudiness will be thinner allowing weak sunny spells. take in account again lower temperatures and freezing fog patches, especially near open leads
- wind: weak to calm from variable directions
- temperatures: ms28/ms30C (ms18/ms22F)
- ice drift: hardly any movement

The Last Great March - North Pole 17

Friday, March 10th, 2017 will support this expedition, going from Ward Hunt Island (most Northern location of Canada) to the North Pole. We will make daily forecasts for Sebastian Copeland and Mark George - this will help them to make plans and to be safe in cases of extreme weather.

You can check and follow up the expected weather conditions along on their journey on this website

Sebastian Copeland and Mark George will depart from Ward Hunt, the northernmost Canadian coast of Ellesmere Island to reach the Geographic North Pole on foot without assistance.

Only 25 teams have successfully completed that trek without assistance in more than 100 years. Often considered the most difficult expedition on Earth, the last 10 years have only seen 7 teams succeed with more than 80% failure rate.  No one has attempted the Pole since 2014. By comparison, in one 7 day period, 633 people have summited Everest. The team hopes to reach the Pole in less than 49 days; in doing so, they would break the current “unassisted” expedition speed record set by a Norwegian team in 2006. This would be a national first for both expedition members (Sebastian is a British/French national; Mark is Australian)​. Sebastian and Mark met at the South Pole.


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