This year’s ice drift is earliest in history

This year’s ice drift is earliest in history

May 11, 2020

Ice drift is rapidly approaching Dudinka. For the past day and night, it has made 100 kilometers and now it is 82 kilometers from the town.

The first ice movements on the Yenisey River in the Dudinka area were noted on May 11. The water in the river rose by 61 cm per day and reached the level of 12 m 41 cm. It is expected that the ice will pass in the coming days. According to experts, there is a high probability that this year the ice drift in Dudinka will break the 1997 record when the ice movement in the Arctic capital was recorded on May 21. That was the earliest ice drift according to the observations since 1989.

When the ice drift reaches its climax, huge blocks of ice are thrown onto the shore with a loud crash, as if an invincible force pushes them out of the water

Taimyr rescuers remind that you should behave as carefully as possible on the shore, to prevent children and adolescents from being in open water.

In Igarka, the ice drift is already completed, the water level there is gradually dropping (by 10 cm over the past day). Ice is in full swing near the village of Potapovo, its intensity is rated at 6–7 points.

Photo: Semen Borzenko, Sergey Dokukin

May 11, 2020

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