Travel Log: 18 December 2001

Dateline: Tuesday, 18 December 2001
McMurdo Base
Mostly sunny
Visibility (mi): Unrestricted
Wind: Southeast at 8 to 12 knots
High: +02°C / +36°F
Lowest Wind Chill: -11°C / +12°F

Randy writes:

The skies are clear, the sun is out and the planes are scheduled to fly within hours. However, we are not on the manifest; that is, we will not be leaving yet.

Late last night the passenger list shrank from over 27 to 17, so we are once again waiting.

Two flights are scheduled to go to Christchurch today and two to arrive in McMurdo, so hopefully we will escape tomorrow.

The regional weather summary: a weak high pressure over the Ross ice shelf will control our weather for the next 36 to 48 hours.

The wind chill index is an important thing to consider down in Antarctica, and the method for calculating it recently changed. The New York Times published a timely article on the new methods (registration required). McMurdo Base has a somewhat older page on the subject.

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