I didn’t need the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to jump-start my dreams of Antarctica ice. According to that agency in a recent report, global average temperatures in June 2013 were the fifth highest on record, and last month marked the 340th consecutive one — a span of more than twenty-eight years — that global temperatures surged above the twentieth-century average. I didn’t need NOAA to tell me that, because here in Wisconsin, things are hot. Wisconsin ranked second of all fifty states in heat records set in 2012, and 2013 is shaping up to be a contender. Last week alone, heat indexes in the southern part of the state reached the 100-degree mark or higher.
That could be why National Geographic blogger Cassandra Brooks’s time-lapse video of her days traveling through the Ross Sea on the National Science Foundation-chartered icebreaker, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, captivated me. In the video below, you’ll see two months of sequences she filmed condensed into less than five minutes.
If, like me, you need a respite from this summer’s heat, cool off by watching this short film and let it kindle your own dreams of the White Continent.
In the meantime, here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,