Tourists Flock to See Towering Icebergs Off Newfoundland Coast Apr 21, 2017

[Credit: YouTube/Rodolphe Devillers via Storyful]

A huge iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada has become a tourist sensation in recent days, with scores of tourists flocking to the town of Ferryland to take in the unusual sight.

[Credit: YouTube/NL Aerial Productions via Storyful]

According to Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh, the iceberg “looks like it has grounded and could remain in place.” Kavanagh told a local news station that the town was not “really prepared for this onslaught of people.”

Last week, the icebergs began to show up in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Rebecca Acton-Bond, Canadian Coast Guard’s acting superintendent of ice operations, told CBC, “Usually you don’t see these numbers until the end of May or June. So the amount of icebergs that we’re seeing right now, it really is quite something. There are certainly a significant amount of icebergs out there. When you look at the iceberg chart it’s truly incredible.”

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The icebergs likely developed as chunks of ice that broke off from glaciers to the north near Greenland. North to northeast winds likely pushed the icebergs south. The wind direction will affect where the icebergs float in the future throughout the North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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