Email We spent a year in Minot, North Dakota. Here are some pictures of the winter we encountered which was much more intense than any other I have ever seen before.
It was in fact my lot to spend almost two decades in the Canadian Arctic, firstly on the east and west coasts of Hudson Bay, on James Bay, and then at a variety of locations largely along the lower reaches of the Northwest Passage itself.
During these years I lived on the east and west coasts of Baffin Island; on the coasts of Melville and Boothia Peninsulas, on Jenny Lind Island, on the southern coast of Victoria Island, on the mainland coast of the Barren Lands; at Cape Parry at the mouth of the Beaufort Sea, further west at Nicholson Peninsula, then Tuktoyaktuk, and two more locations further west again along the Yukon coastline.
In retrospect these were not particularly hard years, but nor were they pleasant ones. Then again, one needs to experience the seasonal round and especially the "Land of the Midday Night" to appreciate the impact of the numbing cold and soul-destroying darkness that exists above the Arctic Circle during the long arctic winters.
It is another world to be experienced and dimly understood. And then, and only then, might one begin to appreciate the North, and know what A discussion on the winters in north dakota left unstated in such things as the entry in the log of a 's RCMP Dog Sled Patrol that simply reads: But to return to the issue at hand.
During my time along the Northwest Passage I was required to make daily synoptic weather observations at many of the locations mentioned above on a year-round basis, and at times, e.
And it is here, I suggest, that the old adage "there is no substitute for experience" becomes applicable. For example, after reading Pytheas' description of a phenomenon called "sea-lung" discussed by in the context of legendary Thule: There remains one further matter concerning Thule that was related by Pytheas: As Polybius quoted him, he said there is neither sea nor air, but a mixture like sea lung, in which earth and air are suspended; the sea lung binds everything together.
Much dotty ingenuity has been devoted to explaining this weird statement. A common suggestion is that sea lung means jelly fish, but that does not help to explain the environmental conditions that Pytheas was trying to indicate.
Nansen thought he meant the 'ice sludge' in the sea that is found around drift ice, but had to admit that it was unlikely that Pytheas sailed far enough from land to encounter driftice if, however, Thule was Iceland, he would not have had to travel so far.
A recent historian of the Arctic supports Nansen's view, seeing in Pytheas' sea lung a word picture, perhaps, of the gentle and rhythmical undulation of the ice rising and falling with the movement of the sea, linked possibly with some suggestion of the exhalations of the sea-mist which so often hangs, cold and dank, above the ice edge in the Arctic'.
After that it is a relief to turn back to the critical Polybius, whose reaction to Pytheas' word picture can be imagined. His sarcasm is withering. Still, we cannot tell whether Polybius quoted Pytheas with perfect accuracy in the first place, and while future attempts to account for the sea lung' will be enthusiastically welcomed by students of the curious it probably must remain, like other details of Pytheas' voyage, an insoluble puzzle.
Not a word of his original narrative of this epic voyage, On the Ocean, survives. But it seems to have contained a wealth of information about the relatively unknown lands of the north, which was quoted by later writers, albeit skeptically.
It is clear that he visited Britain and the northern isles of Shetland and the Orkneys. He described the amber island of Abalus, now thought to have been Heliogoland, whose inhabitants traded amber with the Teutones of Jutland. Pytheas seems also to have sailed far north up the western coast of Norway, to a land called Thule, six day's sail north of Britain.
It was a rainy, sunless place, where the inhabitants lived by agriculture. They grew millet, which they threshed in covered barns, and supplemented their diet with herbs, roots and berries. No one can now be sure where Pytheas' Thule lay, but it must have been far north of the Arctic Circle because the daylight in summer lasted 24 hours.
It was the end of the inhabited world, beyond which stretched a primordial confusion of the elements: It was neither water, air nor ice, but a mysterious substance which the explorers named 'the lung of the sea'.
One day's sailing further to the north, the water was solid ice.
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Hammer of the North, Orbis, London, I would suggest with some confidence that this was "Storis Ice" - a strange, barely fluid form of ice and seawater that occurs just before the ocean freezes over and winter sets in for the duration.
I observed this strange phenomenon just once during my northern sojourns - again north of the Arctic Circle on the southern coast of Victoria Island, but once seen it is never to be forgotten. Moreover, returning to the accounts provided by Pytheas, when the latter speaks of berries in the same arctic context Magnusson Thus all things considered I would tend to place more credence than most on what Pytheas reported concerning the north - passage of time, ambiguities and third-hand accounts notwithstanding.
As for the actual journeys taken by Pytheas, short of recovering new material these will have to remain unknown. The Northwestern Approaches to the Americas. Larger map dpi jpg Nevertheless, as Map 1a above shows, few lengthy voyages are required to reach Greenland from Europe or the Mediterranean in any case.
Further, as far as any impetus to expand activities westward from Greenland may have been concerned, a number of commentators have already noted that the Vikings could well have obtained a glimpse of Baffin Island during their earlier and subsequent forays into Baffin Bay.
Once again I can testify that occasionally it is possible to discern the coast of Greenland from Baffin Island; thus the reverse situation might well have prevailed from time to time in the case of Greenlanders looking west.
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Winter has arrived in North Dakota and we’ve already seen some of the quirks to the season that this state endures. Most people know that winters here can be hard, but what they don’t tell you is all these unusual things you might not be expecting to come along with it. Here are 10 things you.
If you are new to the forums, you must login or register a free account before you can post. The forums and the rest of initiativeblog.com has single registration, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. North Dakota is a big state and everything is fairly spread out.
Unless you are living in the very heart of the downtown areas in the bigger cities, you aren't going to be able to walk, bike, or take public transportation everywhere. The picture below was taken in March as well. It was a harsh month in North Dakota.
I lived both in Indianapolis and Milwaukee. Milwaukee is a far better city for metropolitan 'feel', transportation, and consumer services, but Indianapolis is the far better city in the winter.