Antarctic Weather in Illinois
Currently (Tuesday at 1:00 pm) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica the weather is…
Skies: Mostly clear
Visibility (miles): Unrestricted
Winds (knots): ENE @ 13
|Station Pressure: 29.195 in.|
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 10:11 AM
This morning (Monday) in my hometown of Crystal Lake it was…
I took this photo on my walk to work this morning.
Workers were enjoying a nice day to work outside and paint the Chapel of the Snows.
While folks back home are shivering and complaining about the cold, we’re having a beautiful, sunny day here in Antarctica! It’s definitely gotten colder compared to a few weeks ago, but it’s still very pleasant, as long as the wind doesn’t blow too much.
As a matter of fact, the nice weather had made it the Pegasus ice runway too soft for some aircraft to take off with full loads of fuel, and many fights were delayed or canceled. Out at the WISSARD Subglacial Lake Whillans site, the snow was very soft and not packed down enough, making it difficult for the ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules to take off after dropping some of the WISSARD personnel off. They had to shovel around the skis to prepare for take off.
As those of you who have been following my blogs all along know, our beautiful days last week gave way to a big snowstorm on Friday night and Saturday. The town turned completely white again. Here are some of my favorite photographs from the snowstorm.
On Sunday, the sun was shining and McMurdo Station looked awesome with a blanket of white covering everything. Icicles hanging from buildings looked jagged and beautiful. Observation Hill was so majestic, standing as a giant tower of white over McMurdo Station.
All of the dusty dirt roads were covered with snow, and because it’s gotten colder…many areas are still covered with snow today.
Lots of people at the station got outside to cross country ski, play in the snow, or build a snowman.
You can see how much snow accumulated on the crates sitting outside.
Today, I’m excited to report that with good weather the past two days, almost all of the WISSARD team is safely at the SLW field camp. The remaining group (I think there are seven of us left) is scheduled to fly to the field camp tomorrow morning on a Basler, which is a smaller cargo plane. Not much cargo is left to be transported, but there are too many of us for the even smaller Twin Otter aircraft. Excitement is building…will we get out tomorrow or not? Mother Nature will decide.
I’ve already rushed around this morning doing interviews, so I can have blogs posted while I’m away at the WISSARD site. I’ll be away from McMurdo Station for about five days or so, but there will still be plenty to read about on this blog. Keep reading and learning!
I’ll have heaps of photos and stories about the drilling and progress at the WISSARD camp when I return to McMurdo.
And, as so many people from home have said to me in the past two months…STAY WARM! Wear your ECW (extreme cold weather) gear and ENJOY! Here’s one last photo from today..the open water in McMurdo Sound. The hole gets bigger every day!