Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday

Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday

Two weeks after a blizzard pounded Svalbard with hurricane-force winds, a slightly less powerful sequel is scheduled to arrive Saturday night and continue until Monday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. More »

Lance’s ‘stock’ crashes: Research ship pushed out of sea ice, will be escorted north again by Coast Guard

Lance’s ‘stock’ crashes: Research ship pushed out of sea ice, will be escorted north again by Coast Guard

As it turns out, the “rally” was short. The Lance research vessel, which was nearly forced out of the sea ice a week ago until a major storm reversed its southward draft, More »

Random weirdness for the week of Feb. 17, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of Feb. 17, 2015

We can’t understand a word of it (beyond “Svalbard,” “Longyearbyen” and a few names, of course), but Le Monde nevertheless has one of the best online articles we’ve ever seen of Polarjazz More »

Svalbard blows big time

Svalbard blows big time

The forecast was scary, including hurricane-force winds in some areas. As it turns out, there wasn’t much to be seen. More »

Storm saves scientists from biggest fear: A boat that floats

Storm saves scientists from biggest fear: A boat that floats

Usually one would have to wonder about a group of supposedly very smart people desperately hoping their boat doesn’t float. More »

 

Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday

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Two weeks after a blizzard pounded Svalbard with hurricane-force winds, a slightly less powerful sequel is scheduled to arrive Saturday night and continue until Monday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Lance’s ‘stock’ crashes: Research ship pushed out of sea ice, will be escorted north again by Coast Guard

Lance weather balloon

As it turns out, the “rally” was short.

The Lance research vessel, which was nearly forced out of the sea ice a week ago until a major storm reversed its southward draft, is now in loose ice and needs to be escorted north again to resume its six-month study of the ice, Svalbardposten reported Saturday.

‘F*** did I learn a lesson today': Our idiot editor becomes the biggest buffoon of the great storm of ’15

“First-person coverage of the storm. I can’t wait to read all about it.”

The f**k you can’t, since I have no desire to insert myself into the news, especially when it involves my yet again being the most clueless person in town.

Icepeople PDF: Feb. 17, 2015

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Another mining accident in Barentsburg hospitalizes a Ukrainian man with spinal and skull injuries, reseachers aboard the Lance get a temporarily reprieve from their “worst-case” scenario of being on a boat that floats, and no “official” damage or serious injuries result from a blizzard that brought hurricane-force winds to some parts of Svalbard in our back-to-normal, tree-friendly-sized print edition.

Random weirdness for the week of Feb. 17, 2015

Le Monde polarjazz

We can’t understand a word of it (beyond “Svalbard,” “Longyearbyen” and a few names, of course), but Le Monde nevertheless has one of the best online articles we’ve ever seen of Polarjazz (even if they got the name slightly wrong) by an uncredited artist who presents the festival as a graphic novel with song and interview audio clips.

Svalbard blows big time

Gale-force blizzard

The forecast was scary, including hurricane-force winds in some areas. As it turns out, there wasn’t much to be seen.

Storm saves scientists from biggest fear: A boat that floats

Lance frozen in ice

Usually one would have to wonder about a group of supposedly very smart people desperately hoping their boat doesn’t float.

Man suffers spinal injuries, possible paralysis in Barentsburg mine accident

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A Ukrainian man in his 40s was hospitalized with spinal injuries and possible paralysis after apparently being injured in a conveyor belt accident inside the coal mine in Barentsburg, according to officials.

Minding the art: Tiny new museum more about concept than space, backers say

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As with most art, it’s about more than meets the naked eye.

Physically, it’s a nearly empty meeting room with a video screen, a TV and a few small black-and-white paintings on one of the walls. But art lovers from Queen Sonja on down are calling the new Kunsthall Svalbard a profound statement about Longyearbyen’s future place in the world.

Prodigal sons: Returning Svalbard residents cause for killing the fattened riff at Polarjazz festival

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Spend 18 months writing a complex Mass and then bring in a handful of musicians to learn it during a week they’re busy with other projects? Challenging, certainly, but it’s not like trying to bring peace to the Middle East.