Mild stretch sets the stage for record-breaking warmth in Iqaluit

Unseasonably high temperatures affecting almost all of the Canadian Arctic, climatologist says

Iqaluit can expect to see more balmy weather this week, says a climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, with highs hovering around 0 C in the forecast. The warm spell, which is expected to last into the last week of January, is the result of a low-pressure cyclonic system of warm air wafting in...

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The conspiracy after the storm

A conspiracy of ravens is spotted out scavenging for food around Tundra Valley in the waning daylight Dec. 28, following a two-day blizzard that hit Iqaluit and communities in the region. (Photo by Maggie Kuniliusie)

Santa Claus comes to town

After being delayed by a territory-wide lockdown earlier in the month and snowed out on Saturday, Dec. 20, St. Nick finally made his way through the streets of Iqaluit for the city’s annual Santa Claus parade on Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Patar)



“Qisuktuq – sea ice is forming,” writes Maggie Kuniliusie of Iqaluit, who took this photo of the bay freezing up on Nov. 29 as the sun set at 1:30 p.m. (Photo by Maggie Kuniliusie)

All is bright

It was a silent night on Thursday, Dec. 3 when the Christmas lights that adorn Nunavut’s legislature were turned on. In years past the event, part of the Christmas lights across Canada program, would draw crowds in the hundreds. This year, because of the pandemic, there was nothing. “Although public health guidelines concerning large gatherings did not allow us to hold the traditional lighting ceremony at the legislative assembly, we warmly invite Nunavummiut to view our display of festive lights,” said Paul Quassa, Speaker of the legislative assembly. “During this challenging and unprecedented time, it is more important than ever that we draw strength from the spirit of the season.” (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Smoke on the water

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Henry Larsen is seen near Iqaluit as the sun sets and water vapour rises off the freezing ocean on Nov. 30. It was the ship’s final day in Frobisher Bay for the year before returning to more southerly waters. (Photo by Frank Reardon)

Quite the view

Iqaluit’s sky turns bright orange as the sun sets on Monday, Nov. 30, at 1:30 p.m., as seen from the dining room of Letia Obed. The ship in the bay is the fuel tanker Kitikmeot W. (Photo by Letia Obed)

Northern lights over Iqaluit’s causeway

Blaine Heffernan captured this image of the northern lights above Iqaluit’s causeway around 8 p.m. on Nov. 19. “It was -17 with a -20 something windchill. The lights were definitely putting on an amazing performance!” he writes. (Photo by Blaine Heffernan)


Iqaluit remembers

More than 100 Iqalungmiut gathered around the cenotaph in front of the Iqaluit branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for a brief, socially distanced outdoor Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The annual ceremony, which is often held in the cadet hall, was moved due to pandemic precautions. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Watching sea ice form

Anwen Folger, six, looks at sea ice forming along Iqaluit’s beach behind the elders home on Tuesday, Oct. 28. (Photo by Mosha Folger)