Travel Log: 16 December 2001

Dateline: Sunday, 16 December 2001
McMurdo Base

Randy writes:

Ninety years and 2 days since Amundsen & Company made it to the South Pole.

We are still stuck in McMurdo. Last night things looked like they were going well. The wind died down, we were able to see the mountains across the Ross Sea, and the predictions were for the storm to keep moving on.

This morning I awoke to strong wind, poor visibility, and mumblings at breakfast that the buildings and planes at Willy Field are drifted in up to their roofs and wings.

Monday now seems like a very optimistic prediction of when we will get out of here.

We are starting to look for things to do. Jason and I volunteered to shovel snow at Willy Field -- it isn't a good idea to dig out a plane with a bulldozer -- but now due to the change in the weather it looks that we won't be doing that for a while.

More conversations, videos, and food.

Here's the official weather forecast:
16 DECEMBER 2001 MCMURDO WEATHER FORECAST INFORMATION
***THIS INFORMATION IS FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY***
***AND IS LIMITED TO ACTIVITIES SPONSORED OR RECOGNIZED***
***BY THE U.S. ANTARCTIC PROGRAM***
REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
An intense low pressure system to our northeast will move slowly north and gradually weaken throughout the day.
TODAY: Cloudy. Visibility (mi): Unrestricted. Short periods of 5 miles in blowing snow are possible during the day. Wind (knots): Southeast at 15 to 20. High: -03/+27 Lowest Wind Chill: -20/ -05
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Visibility (mi.): Unrestricted. Wind (knots): Southeast at 8 to 15. Low: -08/+18 Lowest Wind Chill: -24/-11
MONDAY: Becoming Mostly Sunny. Visibility (mi): Unrestricted. Wind (knots): Southeast to east at 10 to 15. High: -02/+28 Lowest Wind Chill: -16/+03
SCOTT BASE 24HR TEMPERATURE FORECAST High: -05/+23 Low: -09C/+16
ASTRONOMICAL DATA Next sunset on February 20, 2002.
YESTERDAY'S EXTREMES Maximum Temperature: -2.5 /+28 Minimum Temperature: -3.6 /+26 Peak Wind (knots): 48 Lowest Wind Chill: -24C/-11F


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