Arctic Bay froze yesterday, hopefully it will stay. If the calm weather remains, it will. Once again it is late from what I know as normal, the Thanksgiving Weekend. My understanding was normal used to be even earlier before I got here. The last six or so years have seen late freeze ups, from 3 weeks to almost twice that.
Late last night you could see that the grey ice had begun coalescing into new landfast ice, and this morning it was ice throughout the bay.
Though most of the boats had already been pulled up for the year the season wasn't done quite yet.
We've had windy, miserable weather for so long that many people were anxious to get out on the water. Anxious enough to bust through the forming ice to get to the open water in Admiralty Inlet.