Author Archives: David Mikolajczyk

Cape Hallett AWS

Antarctica is a harsh continent. It’s harshness comes in many forms. Some are obvious: the cold, the wind, the seclusion. Others manifest themselves through seemingly benign circumstances. Mark and I went to Cape Hallett this past Monday, 26 October, to … Continue reading

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We are back in McMurdo!

It’s that time of year again! The AWS Program has returned to McMurdo to continue maintaining our gold-standard network of surface meteorological observations! This year, our work will be split between two teams of two field members each. The first … Continue reading

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South Pole Telescopes, SPICECORE, and Henry AWS

As Carol said, I’ll be talking about a few more of the things we did while we were at South Pole, including our second and final station visit to Henry AWS. We were to do pretty much the same thing … Continue reading

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I launched a weather balloon!

On 31 December 2014 I launched a weather balloon! The weather observers do weather balloon (radiosonde) launches twice a day during the summer and once a day during winter here. I went with Carol and Elin to the Mac Weather … Continue reading

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Back on the ice!

Hello again! I’m back on the ice for another fun-filled, busy, and cold Antarctic field season. I arrived here late in the evening yesterday, 17 December, at 8:45 pm. I came with a couple new helpers to the Automatic Weather … Continue reading

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The End of the Field Season

So, the last week of this field season went and got itself in a big hurry, so much so that I’m no longer on the ice as I write this last post for our 2013-2014 field season. There was a … Continue reading

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The Storm

At the end of my last blog post, I was updating you all on conditions from the storm as it was happening. It was very cool to be able to experience some intense Condition 2 weather in McMurdo. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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Ferrell AWS and Weather Cancellations

Back on 6 February, Lee and I finished our helo work for the season with our visit to Ferrell AWS. Earlier, we thought we had finished the helo work at Ferrell, but we’ve had difficulty with the freewave transmissions there. … Continue reading

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We got to Margaret AWS!

Lee and I took the Otter to Margaret AWS today, Monday 3 February. This station was installed in 2008 and had never been visited since. We knew that it was due to be raised, for two reasons: One, with stations … Continue reading

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An interesting way to reach Sabrina AWS

The Twin Otter work continued on Wednesday 29 January, as Lee and I were scheduled to reinstall Tom AWS, the one we had removed on 24 January. This AWS was to be moved to a new location. In our communication … Continue reading

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