26 May 2008

A feeling of Christmas

Pictures are on the way

When we woke up this morning, we almost felt like Christmas. Big chunky snowflakes were falling. It was overcast with a slight breeze from S and very warm: -9 C. The snow continued during the day and when it cleared up in the evening a 10 cm fresh layer of new fallen snow was everywhere.

People remained busy however. The construction of the garage is drawing to a conclusion and soon we will have a sheltered workshop. We finished adjusting the new snowblower to aid the other one in digging the trenches for drilling and science, but the very minute the new was ready – the old broke down. Our mechanic is never idle.

We did the first science this year. Sebastian and Thomas setup a stable isotope experiment in the snow some 4 km from camp.

What we have done today:

  1. Grarage frame finished. One end mounted.
  2. Broke down the old kitchen weatherport.
  3. Blowing snow along the sides of the drill trench with new snowblower.
  4. Setting up stable isotope experiment.
  5. Writing damage report to HIAB on the crane.
  6. Fixing problem with BGAN communication (had to use new SIM card).

Weather: In the morning overcast: -9 C, 9 knots wind from S. Snow. In the evening broken ceiling, -11 C and 5 knots wind from S.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

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