Today was another great day! Once again, the Sun was shining over our sea-ice sites and there was very little wind. Even cold temperatures (-32°C) feel pleasant when the Sun shines and there is no wind.
Troy (Ken Borek pilot), Christian, Josh and Arvids standing next to the Twin Otter before leaving Site 8. Temperature: -32°C. (F. Beckers)
I noticed today that all four of us perked up when we realised that the weather was on our side and that our colleagues from BAS and UCL would be arriving in Alert today.
Our moods improved further when we finally got out on the ice at Site 8 (86N 80W). Once out on the ice with the plane off, I always take a moment to enjoy the sound of the snow crunching under my boots as I walk to my sampling location or while collecting my gear.
Ken Borek Twin Otter with Josh measuring snow depth with the magna probe and Christian in the background (at Site 7) collecting ice thickness with the electromagnetic instrument. (F. Beckers)
Watching the others walk off into the distance to start work always reminds me of scale and perspective of this vast, mostly white landscape. ...