Happy Solstice from the TLO!
Just wanted to take a short minute to say Happy Solstice from the TLO and share a graph of the record-setting temperatures that occurred during this 2015 Solstice week. It topped out at over 70 F yesterday!
There's been quite a few caribou migrating northeastward to their calving grounds, some already with their little ones in tow. I also saw a flock of eight beautiful king eider ducks fly by camp yesterday evening. Even though it's been relatively calm in terms of wind this week, it's pretty noisy outside with all of the birds on the tundra and in the lake as well as the eerie noises from the shifting ice pan that still covers >95% of the lake.
Here's a couple short video clips showing the initial demise of the great Teshekpuk iceberg and the solstice sun trying to dip below the horizon but not quite being able to.
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Teshekpuk Lake Observatory