Saturday, October 25, 2008

A dusting of snow

Today found a veil of snow on Hjorth Hill, which softened the appearance of the ice labyrinth. To the East, a blur of white obscured Mount Erebus.

Antarctic weather swings in extremes. The sun can beat down and warm your bones, while a sudden wind can sweep in to chill them. McMurdo has experienced high winds and blowing snow the past few days, keeping helicopters parked on their pads and holding our carpenter guests in camp for another two days.

Here, the only thing you can count on is unpredictability. And inevitability. The weather will change, and helicopters will come.

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