19 June 2010

The wind blows, but stops in time for Saturday night dinner

A snowy day at NEEM camp
This is how main street of camp looked like most of the day.

Most people got a noisy night between Friday and Saturday. At about 02.00 the wind suddenly picked up and most of the night the average wind speed was 28 knots, with gusts up to 37 knots. Such wind speeds make all tents noisy with knocking and howling. It was not cold however, maximum temperature of -1.7 °C was reached at 02.00 just as the wind picked up.
Most of the day it was warm, as it snowed intensely. We got 7.5 cm new snow.

Saturday night was celebrated in the usual manner: People washed, went to the sauna and relaxed. Some of the people who didn't relax were Carina, Aimee and Astrid, Saturday evening cooks. Carina and Aimee prepared a meal the Dutch way and Astrid made desert the Danish way. Also, Trevor and H.C. spent most of the evening in the drill trench doing borehole measurements.

What we have done today:
1. Drilling and logging.
2. Processed ice cores: 26 bags, from 3848 to 3873.
3. Measuring CFA. Measured 15.4 m. CFA depth: 1730.85 m.

Ad.1: Drillers report:
Two runs of regular drilling. Then the borehole logger was mounted to measure borehole inclination, diameter and temperature. Borehole logging continued until late Saturday evening and the borehole logger was left overnight at the bottom of the hole for a precise temperature reading.

Driller's depth: 2154 meters. Logging depth: 2167.26 m.

Weather: Overcast with snow and blowing snow, after 16.00 wind speed began to drop. Temp. -4.8 °C to -1.7 °C, 28 knots from S, later calm. Visibility: During day 1/2 mile, in the evening unrestricted.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

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