28 July 2012

A rainy and windy Saturday

Rainbow: A very unusual sight on the ice sheet Saturday morning – a rainbow. People in camp with many years of experience in the arctic have never seen this before. Rainbows only form with rain in the air as opposed to sundogs and halos that form with ice crystals in the air. This is another testimony of the unusual warm conditions over the Greenland ice sheet this year.


We woke in the morning to the patter of raindrops on tents and on the dome. That is, when we could hear it over the noise of the wind.

All day it has been warm, wet and windy and the low contrast made us work with
extra care when removing the roof over the drill site.

None the less we were successful in getting the roof off and in celebrating Saturday evening with a good dinner. J.P. was cooking a muskox leg and Myriam made flan and chocolate cake for dessert.

What we have done today:
1. Air sampling program.
2. Removing the roof over the drill site.
3. Lifting the lathe out of the drill trench with the crane.
4. Moving toilets.
5. Removing all roofing timber from the drill site.
6. Working on inventory.

Weather: -4°C to +1°C. Wind 10-26 kn from S and SW.Windy night (Fri/Sat). Overcast, rain, sleet and snow and drifting snow all day.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

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