Catz women catching FaT (I think) on saturday. Which was all jolly good fun but meant that I didn’t get to row myself all week after monday. And over the weekend I felt somewhat ill. Coupled with pouring rain at 4 this afternoon I was not at all looking forward to being 6 in our “M1” crew for the X-press head today. However, despite light rain as we were boating, we managed to row really quite well given the scratch nature of our crew (well done Phil, especially; and James’s first serious race as stroke) and rowing in a stiff boat was a delight, as was the raw arrogance of James T’s coxing. We don’t have a time yet but given that we overtook (an admittedly rather slow) Radegund crew, and comfortably held off a 9’s crew that we had expected to stuff us, I have some hopes of a decent result.
But this isn’t a blog purely about my tedious rowing. So I’ll briefly mention sea ice. some people have noticed that this years NH sea ice is looking to push 2007’s record, based on curve-crossing (mt’s pic isn’t a snapshot, so it looks rather less impressive now than when he put it up). As I said over there, I prefer http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm, and not just because it makes my money look safer. No, because it gives a more accurate idea of what is going on. As you can see form that last link, 2007 wasn’t consistently low – it was easily beaten by 2006 at this time of the season. mt’s pic is really a perfect example of how to mislead with graphics (note: I’m certain that mt had not the slightest intent to mislead anyone). They need to replace the 1979-2000 average with the 1979-2006 range to produce something meaningful.
[Update: Eli is in on this too, but he doesn’t know what is going on either :-) -W]