Weather

When most people think of the South Pole, often their first thought is of its defining feature: weather…extreme weather!  I would describe the weather here as “seasonal.”  In the summer it is cold and sunny; in the winter it is colder and dark.  There might be some transient changes in cloud cover, barometric pressure, or … More Weather

Diversions

Similar to a ship at sea, operations at the South Pole are 24 hours a day. As perhaps the most isolated spot on the face of the earth, we have to be entirely self-sufficient. Even satellite communication with the outside world is only available for a few hours a day. Bandwidth is limited, so Skype … More Diversions

RMS Titanic

It is a cold, dark night at the South Pole as I write these words.  One hundred years ago almost to the hour it was cold and dark in the North Atlantic.  RMS Titanic had struck ice and was on her way to the bottom of the ocean two and a half miles below.  About … More RMS Titanic

Twilight

Twilight.  Scientifically defined as that time of day between dawn and sunrise or sunset and dusk where sunlight scattering in the upper atmosphere illuminates the lower atmosphere and the Earth’s surface.  Romantically expressed, perhaps, as that special time in the morning where slumber gradual recedes and the promise of a new day springs forth or … More Twilight

Arrival

After completing all required training at McMurdo, it was time to “head south for the winter.”  It was with considerable anticipation I looked forward to the slightly more than 2 hour flight on an Air National Guard LC-130 to my “home” for the next 10 months.  Quite a number of things occupied my thoughts: (1) … More Arrival