The Foggy, Stormy Grand Banks

Dangerous weather conditions, mixed with the added threat of icebergs traveling south with the Labrador Current, often make the North Atlantic an inhospitable region to travel. The International Ice Patrol's area of responsibility, encompassing the region of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, is notorious for stormy seas and thick fog. Although Ice Patrol reconnaissance is no longer conducted from cutters, effective aerial reconnaissance still depends greatly on the environmental conditions of the operational areas and the airport where the reconnaissance operations are based. This article describes the climatology of the Ice Patrol's operational area and the effects of weather on its reconnaissance duties. Since the variety of weather conditions encountered in the area of operations necessitates an understanding of basic weather principles for effective flight planning, the Ice Patrol's personnel are trained in climatology, weather product interpretation and basic forecasting techniques.


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  • Accession Number: 01000491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 20 2005 2:25AM