27 July 2012

NEEM gets hit by another heat wave

Drill trench: What a change. To the left is the drill trench as it looked when active and to the right the drill trench Today. The pipe in the center is the extension of the casing of the bore hole. This will be extended up above the surface and capped. In the coming years, we will be able to send logging instruments down to measure how the ice sheet flows.


As forecasted NEEM today was hit by another heat wave. As opposed to heat
waves further South, here they manifest themselves by extremely high
temperatures and a blizzard.

All day the weather has become worse: Thicker and thicker clouds, loss of contrast, increasing snow fall, increasing snow drift and increasing temperatures. At 2300 Friday night it was +0.1 C. This weather is forecasted to last the week-end.

Weather is hampering our work outside, but we continue the best we can. We have now removed all equipment from the drill site and stashed it on the snow.

Progress is a bit slow; but due to the hard work of people in the past weeks, we still have time to do the packing down properly.

What we have done today:
1. Air sampling program
2. Japanese pit study stopped due to high winds.
3. Removed part of the skylight over the drill site and removed snow from
   the roof of drill trench.
4. All braces and supports in place for moving carpenters garage.
5. Disassembled and packed white weatherport.

Weather: -10°C to 0°C (at 2300). Wind 10-20 kn from SSE. Overcast, snow and drifting snow all day.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

← Previous entry                                                                         Next entry →