Real antarctic weather arrives

Hi weather watchers,

The weather finally turned into what you would expect for Antarctica last night with 58 mph wind, blinding snow and -24F windchill. The wind whipped water quickly melted the sea ice and the ocean was a frothy, white capped cauldron that was extremely inviting for windsurfing except for the temperature, so everyone hunkered down. It hit Condition 1 outside the station and Condition 2 around town, which meant only essential travel and no flights coming or going. Meanwhile the dental schedule keep plugging on, and I took out 4 wisdom teeth on a bloke this morning to meet my production quota and save him some greenbacks when he heads home in a week or two.

The winds are forecast to die down in a few days and I hope to get some cross country skiing in with some of the medical folks and fresh powder underfoot. Tomorrow is Sunday, our long anticipated day off and it looks like it’s going to be some time for indoor activities like ping pong and Scrabble. The real treat will be if orcas and other whales show up along the ice edge and we can get close enough to have a look without becoming a snack for a hungry predator.

Cheers,

Ski bound Bob

Balmy weather prevailed for the past few weeks

Balmy weather prevailed for the past few weeks

Blowing snow outside the medical clinic

Blowing snow outside the medical clinic

The weather and departure screen shows cancelled flights and Condition 1 and 2

The weather and departure screen shows cancelled flights and Condition 1 and 2

The sea ice melts away to reveal open ocean

The sea ice melts away to reveal open ocean