Ice and snow. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
Dr. Carmen Possnig is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Carmen discusses extreme weather in Antarctica.
Outside temperature: –64°C
“It is not really cold again,” mumbles Cyprien as he packs his radio, looking at the weather display opposite the front door. I nod in agreement. Since we want to reach at least –80°C, we are not satisfied with the spring-like –64° in Antarctica.
Again and again it is a surprise how dark it is when I open the heavy door of the exit. As soon as my companion closes it behind us, we are almost completely surrounded by darkness. The feeling is pleasant and familiar, but it takes me a while to get used to the biting cold. A few square centimetres around my eyes are the only areas I expose to the cold.
The crunching of my boots on the dry snow makes me feel happy. For a week I had little opportunity to leave the station for a longer ...