I was afraid we lost Obuoy 9’s camera, as we had no updated pictures after May 31. Just when I was about to announce it’s probable death, they tweaked the radar dish, or whatever it is they do to get back in touch, and we got a glimpse of why they might have lost touch. The lead we had been watching freeze over slammed shut and became a pressure ridge, with a closer crack crossing the near distance. Our faithful buoy seems hidden in the rubble, unless it was shifted radically to the side. (Those are the mountains of Greenland in the distance.)
Temperatures have risen towards freezing, and the breezes are strong, (up towards 20 mph) which has stopped the westward movement of the buoy and now is ramming it back east.