The "FAT LADY" sung her aria today, September 15th... the Northwest Passage 'opera' ice melt show has ended for 2013. It is only a short time until the sea turns to ice and watercraft will be stopped from movement until next year's summer melt season. Enjoy a Rip Van Winkle 10 month sleep under a down comforter.
Who is still in the Arctic as of today? September 15th? I recommend you start making plans to winter over.
It ain't over till (or until) the fat lady sings is a colloquialism. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion. It cautions against assuming that the current state of an event is irreversible and clearly determines how or when the event will end. The phrase is most commonly used in association with organized competitions, particularly sports.
The phrase is generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of Grand Opera. The imagery ofRichard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and its last part, Götterdämmerung, is typically the one used in depictions accompanying reference to the phrase. The "fat lady" is the valkyrie Brünnhilde, who is traditionally presented as a very buxom lady with horned helmet, spear and round shield (although Brünnhilde in fact wears a winged helmet. Her aria lasts almost twenty minutes and leads directly to the end of the opera, though the character Hagen has one final line, "Zurück vom Ring!", to sing after Brünnhilde's death, and there is also a substantial orchestral finale. As Götterdämmerung is about the end of the world (or at least the world of the Norse gods), in a very significant way "it is [all] over when the fat lady sings."
Known yachts to be in the Arctic on the 15th of September 2013: