Travel Log: 15 December 2001

Dateline: Saturday, 15 December 2001
McMurdo Base

Randy writes:

Well, the wind and the snow are really frightful looking but not that bad once you are actually out in it, because it is not that cold out. We have lots of drifting snow and a lot of people discussing weather and planes.

Still condition 1 everywhere but McMurdo, wind blowing at about 30 knots.

Jason and I watched the safety video this morning even though we expect to be gone once it is nice enough to hike again. Last night I took the ceramics class to kill some time. Basically I had some fun, made a mess and realized that it has been a long time since I have made any pottery. I may go back again just because it is something different to do.

Luckily during our stay we have a great crew of CARA people here, and so we are able to entertain ourselves most of the time.

Here are some photos taken from the comfort of the indoors. Compare these with the good weather shots from December 1st and 11th, or the overcast conditions of December 13th.
view from Crary Lab view from Crary Chalet

Believe it or not, this is a picture of the runways at McMurdo. No wonder all flights have been canceled!

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