Feb. 6th, 2012

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Latest Elfstedentocht news: it's sort of looking more and more like it might happen this year. The organising body have had a meeting, and done a press conference, and are going to have another one on Wednesday. People were wandering round on the frozen surface of Prinsengracht tonight when I was cycling home. The ice isn't about to go away; it's -8 in Amsterdam right now, and Leeuwarden, the biggest city on the course, is expecting -10 °C every night this week. If you look at the right sort of weather forecast, i.e., a Dutch one, that roughly translates to another 3cm of ice per night, on top of what's already accumulated. People have been seen on the course with brooms, getting the snow off to prevent it insulating the ice that's there and avoid further thickening. More news as it comes in, of course.

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