Monster Iceberg pays a visit to Newfoundland

Each spring, ice blocks drift down from the arctic into an area known as “Iceberg Alley,” off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

One of the first massive icebergs of the season looks grounded in shallow water, just off the coast of Ferryland, Canada.

The first iceberg of the season passes the South Shore on April 16. Jody Martin / Reuters

Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press it could stick around for a while. “It’s the biggest one I ever seen around here,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s in so close that people can get a good photograph of it.”

A resident views the iceberg on April 16. Greg Locke / Reuters

So far this season, there’s been an unusually high number of icebergs. The Canadian Press reports that 616 have already moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season’s end last year.

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, said it is possible climate change is leading to more icebergs in the shipping lanes, but wind patterns are also important.

The UK Weather outlook

Largely cloudy with a few bright spells.

Today

Starting cold but sunny in south-east England with some patchy frost, but becoming cloudier. Generally cloudy elsewhere with the odd spot of light rain and drizzle, but some bright spells too. Breezier across north-west Scotland with some rain.

Tonight

Rain will become more persistent across northern and western Scotland. Elsewhere, mostly cloudy and dry with the some patchy light rain. Turning colder across the Northern Isles with wintry showers.

Friday

Rain across Scotland will become sporadic as it pushes into Northern Ireland and northern England. To the south, mostly dry with some brightness. Colder, brighter with scattered showers across Scotland.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Cooler weekend for many with early frosts and scattered showers, mainly in the north. Rain sinking southwards on Monday, thereafter colder with gales and wintry showers, especially in the north.

Britain Set to Bake in the HOTTEST summer for 100 years!

Yup you guessed it, the summer is fast approaching and the stories of a BBQ summer are mounting up.

So is there any genuine forecasting behind it…

Well, No. At such distance long range forecasts have a success rate that is about as accurate as you or me saying its going to be 28celcius for 5 days in the final week of July and getting it right.

The Met Office tends to pick up on trends that may increase the likelihood of one outcome or another but as we saw from the Winter just gone in the UK, Numerous pointers towards a colder than average winter failed to deliver. Like the guys at the Met Office themselves say, Just because something favours one outcome it doesn’t mean that its the only possibility.

So if you want to stay in the know for the summer take anything past around 10days with a pinch of salt.

Still im sure many of us are hoping The Express and co who have us down for the HOTTEST SUMMER since records began may get lucky.