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Evening update, Wednesday 30 November

Date posted: November 30th, 2016

This morning I reported that the weather in McMurdo was blustery, and it continued that way through the day.  It was so windy that when I took a 200m walk from the Crary lab to the Berg Field Center carrying a big sleepkit bag,  my enlarged cross section meant the wind stopped me in my tracks several times. …Read more.

Your Morning Show, Wednesday, 30 November

Date posted: November 29th, 2016

A few quick headlines for your morning.  In the news:
-Jim Karner, Minako Righter, Jani Radebaugh and Alex Mishik are in Christchurch, and are due to fly south to McMurdo later today.   …Read more.

23 hours

Date posted: November 29th, 2016

We had a fantastic, successful and very long day yesterday, and since I saw it coming I decided to keep a timeline of events.
Monday (28 Nov), 5:45 AM  Woke up and after getting dressed, a visit to the bathroom and some final last-minute packing,  went off to the cafeteria for a big breakfast. …Read more.

Sunday night news- everyone flying tomorrow?

Date posted: November 27th, 2016

Hi all,   it’s Sunday night about 7:30 pm for us here in McMurdo, and there’s a little bit of news.  John and Duck are on the schedule to fly to Elephant Moraine tomorrow morning,   and Brian and I are on the schedule to fly to Shackleton Camp and along the way reconnoiter the targets for the main part of the field season.   …Read more.

Updates from McMurdo

Date posted: November 25th, 2016

It’s one of the three quietest saturdays in the McMurdo summer season;  the community normally works six days a week (with Sunday off) but this week for the Thanksgiving holiday,  Saturday is a rest day.   …Read more.

No goats in McMurdo, and other tails

Date posted: November 25th, 2016

The Antarctic weather gods continue to be annoyed with me, perhaps because I was unable to find a goat to sacrifice to appease them. We woke up this morning to dense fog, so dense that Ob Hill was not visible from downtown McMurdo. …Read more.

The weather gods were angry

Date posted: November 24th, 2016

Greetings faithful blog readers, greetings from McMurdo Station … still. I must have been deemed unworthy to fly by the Antarctic weather gods, because when we called into fixed-wing operations to get word on our flight, the word was “cancelled!” The weather looking south in the general direction of Williams Field, take-off point for the Twin Otters, looks fine. …Read more.

The waiting game…

Date posted: November 23rd, 2016

John and I are scheduled for put-in today for the pre-season trip, but … you know … weather. Currently the time of departure is “TBD” with instructions to call fixed-wing after 12:15. …Read more.

The plane, the plane…

Date posted: November 23rd, 2016

(The title will only make sense for the old folks who watched “Fantasy Island, or lived in the US in the late 70s and early 80s. You just could not escape that catch phrase!) This will be a short update to announce that a New Zealand air force C-130 landed and kindly brought our fearless leader, Ralph Harvey, to McMurdo Station. …Read more.

Almost flying

Date posted: November 22nd, 2016

So far so good. I am in the departure lounge for Antarctica. Everything is going smoothly this morning. Shuttle picked me up along with several other antarctic people, delivered us to the CDC where we got dressed for action, and after a brief check in we were released for breakfast. …Read more.

Fantastic Beasts and seismic shaking

Date posted: November 22nd, 2016

As I write this I’m on the schedule to fly south to McMurdo tomorrow morning,  weather permitting.  After taking care of my business at the CDC earlier today (see my last post) I had a quick lunch (caesar salad with venison) and spent a couple of hours writing reference letters for students.   …Read more.

Ralph’s turn in the CDC

Date posted: November 21st, 2016

Hello all,  I made it to Christchurch yesterday afternoon, after 28 hrs of flying (Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney to Christchurch. It’s never comfortable to sit on a plane for 17 hours (that DFW to SYD leg) but I slept pretty well, and that makes a big difference.   …Read more.

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