On the Ice

14 Jan: CKB Twin Otter arrival 5 Jan, digging out a fuel cache at Turn 1 on 8 Jan

In the evening of 5 Jan, another Twin Otter came to camp! This one has the call-sign CKB (the first Otter’s call-sign is KBG), with pilots Phil and Tyson. Given the Twin Otter needs for both our group and POLENET, … Continue reading

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26 Jan: McMurdo Station, Weather, Vessel, and Whales!

Hello Everyone! Greetings from McMurdo Station! 1. More about McMurdo Station The station I am at – here in Antarctica – is McMurdo Station. It is the largest station in Antarctica (see photo with Observation Hill in the background). It … Continue reading

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11 Jan: POLENET arrival 3 Jan, Kominko-Slade AWS 4-5 Jan

The day we went to Austin AWS, the POLENET crew arrived at WAIS. There are 8 of them, so they definitely made an immediate impact on camp life in that they nearly doubled the population! They also take up a … Continue reading

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10 Jan: Otter flights to Harry AWS (2 January) and Austin AWS (3 January)

Harry AWS, 2 January On 2 January, we took an Otter to Harry AWS. For this site, we wanted to install a boom with an ADG sensor and move the solar radiation sensor currently installed at Harry onto said boom. … Continue reading

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7 Jan: It’s been a while!

It has been a while since I’ve written a post, and that’s with good reason. Marian and I have been very productive in the past week and a half, flying to 4 of our 7 Otter sites and completing the … Continue reading

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27 Dec: Arrival at WAIS

Marian and I arrived at WAIS today. But not before trying on three separate days, two of which were before the Christmas break. We first tried to fly to WAIS on Friday, 22 Dec, but we were a backup to … Continue reading

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22 Jan: Helicopters and Ships!

Hello Everyone! This past few days has been busy! Here’s the activities over the last few days: 1. Visiting Linda AWS site Late last week, we got to visit another automatic weather station (AWS) site – Linda AWS. It’s about … Continue reading

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18 Jan: Into the field!

Hello Everyone! This week has been an ever increasingly busy week! So much to talk about: First, I should make a note about the US Antarctic Program (USAP). It is overseen by the National Science Foundation (NSF). They oversee and … Continue reading

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14 Jan: Training, Safety First!

Hello Everyone! It has been a busy first few days here at McMurdo Station. Most of the time has been filled up with training (yes, training), meetings, and even a brief weekend break. We work 6-day weeks here, with Sunday … Continue reading

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11 Jan: Arrived – on the ice!

Hello Everyone! Greetings from Antarctica! I am happy to report I have successfully made to “the ice” (as we affectionately call Antarctica)! You can see me here in front of an LC-130 Hercules aircraft, flown by the 109th New York … Continue reading

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