Torrid on Ice - and BBC stealth editing.
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Arctic trek team pushes forward
The British team trying to measure the thickness of Arctic sea-ice as it treks to the North Pole believes the weather is finally turning in its favour.
Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels have experienced torrid conditions since being dropped on to the ice three weeks ago.
Temperatures have been down to -40C with wind chill, and the drifting ice has blunted their progress.
Torrid? Torrid as in:
Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot.
Scorching; burning: the torrid noonday sun.
Passionate; ardent: a torrid love scene.
Hurried; rapid: set a torrid pace; torrid economic growth.
[Latin torridus, from torrēre, to parch.]
So it has been so cold they haven't been able to set a rapid pace and the BBC calls that torrid, and now it is warmer it is better - no wonder we are confused....
UPDATE - The BBC has now (next morning) done a stealth edit by replacing the word "torrid" with "extreme" but not changing the last updated by time and date (17:02 GMT, Tuesday, 24 March 2009)