Weather Delay #1

20 10 2009

The weather turned sour today. When I left Building 155 (basically downtown McMurdo, containing the dorms for those in transit, “Highway 1″—the big corridor with the store, rec & housing office, public computer cluster—and the galley) after breakfast this morning, I was hit by a blast of foggy wind. There was hoarfrost building up on the upwind side of all exposed surfaces. Immediately, I realized the helo flights that were supposed to take the first load of carps out to Lake Bonney were almost surely going to be canceled. When I got to Crary, this was the view we had of the helo pad:

View from the Crary library towards the helo pad this morning.

View from the Crary library towards the helo pad this morning.

Sure enough, our schedule has been pushed back a day, so that ENDURANCE and the last of the team won’t arrive at Lake Bonney until Saturday. This does relax our final testing and packing schedule. We were pretty much ready to go anyways, but now we can take our time. Luckily, we currently have plenty of time to finish our projected mission schedule at Lake Bonney, so a day or even two of delay is manageable.

On the bright side, the hoarfrost coating gave a very interesting look to everything:

The McMurdo Bridge Troll (more on him later) in the hoarfrost.

The McMurdo Bridge Troll (more on him later) in the hoarfrost.

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21 10 2009
Maria Richmond

Nach unserem Sommerwochenende wurde es heute Nachmittag bewölkt und die Temperatur sank auf 50 Grad F. Es hat angefangen zu schneien und morgen soll die Höchsttemperatur nur in den 40iger sein. Zwar etwas wärmer als bei euch, aber bedeutend kälter als am Wochenende.
Es wünscht euch besseres Wetter,
Mama PS was ist denn Hoarfrost?

21 10 2009
kristofrichmond

Hoarfrost is the frost that forms from fog freezing onto objects outside. It’s usually white and very fragile.

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