Today we have six inches of snow which is a record for this area. Snow in the south is as odd as getting asked if you want un-sweetened tea. I suppose that is why I have written about early snow melting machines and homemade southern style snow making. I am just curious. Today, I wondered if icebergs had ever been spotted in the South?
Apparently, living here we are protected from the threat of icebergs from one simple phenomena. It’s not the weather. It’s not our sandy beaches. It’s the fact that the gulf stream travels off our coast and heads up towards England. It serves as warm-water melting iceberg force field. Very few icebergs cross this threshold. However, sometimes they do.
In June of 1926, a British steamer reported an iceberg 150 miles from Bermuda (30–20°N, 62–32°W). The iceberg was no was 30 feet by 15 feet by 3 feet. Another reported rare occurrence happened in 1912 when an iceberg of unknown proportions was sighted 75 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay. Actually, we have the Titanic to thank for the plethora of iceberg data. Because of this accident, an International Ice Patrol composed of 20 nations was formed and still patrols for icebergs during the spring. Some other extreme iceberg locations are shown on the map below:
Thankfully, we don’t have deal with them, because apparently you can’t destroy them. Why?
“In 1959 and 1960, the Ice Patrol conducted a series of tests using the combustion of thermite. Early experiments by other scientists indicated that thermite, which explodes in ice with an extremely high temperature, would have a thermal “shock” or fracturing effect on icebergs. Ice Patrol experiments demonstrated that, under operational conditions, such was not the case. Natural deterioration remains the most practical process for the elimination of icebergs. Other than through these natural processes, the icebergs prove nearly indestructible.” – From the International Ice Patrol