What Happens When There's Ridiculous Fog in Iqaluit for 11 Days Straight


Fog in Iqaluit header photo by Teresa Tufts.

In case you missed it, the City of Iqaluit has been having it's coldest, wettest summer in years. How cold? Well, we haven't even hit double digits yet this year.

And the record-breaking doesn't stop there. The coldness and wetness have conspired to create a dense fog in Iqaluit that has lasted for over a week.

So what happens to a remote, fly-in-only Arctic town with dated comms infrastructure when it's encased in a cloud of teeny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere that obscures visibility and signals? Well...

The Internet stops working.

Don't worry: A combination of crappy 3G, blackberry hotspots, and pure patience kept this blog's social media and posts on track.

The article is called "Why Nunavut's Internet is failing to load."

Everyone goes inside.

Well, almost everyone:

And these guys came up from Ottawa!

Ships can't get into Frobisher Bay...

No Icebreaker means no sealift, which means Christmas in July is postponed.

... and flights can't take off or land.

Remember: Iqaluit is a fly-in only community, meaning delivery of almost everything comes to us by plane, or in the summer months, by boat. So if planes and boats can't come in...

The grocery store runs out of fresh food.

Local businesses are hindered.

We've also heard that the Astro Theatre (Nunavut's only theatre!) hasn't been able to update its movie selection because the reels are still down south.

Still, people get their hopes up for better weather...

The human spirit is indomitable.

...and then they are crushed.

Others think back to better times.

You know you live in Nunavut when...

But in true Northern form, Iqalummiut take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Hopefully we didn't use up all of that positive spirit; we're slated to have rain and fog in Iqaluit for another five days.

Has the fog in Iqaluit affected your summer plans? Let us know in the comments or check us out on Facebook!