Current Location: Byrd Camp, West Antarctica
Current Weather: -15º C. Winds at 11 knots.
To explore an interactive version of this map, visit http://polenet.org/livefeedThe weather continues to warm up as the summer season progresses, with temperatures staying in the negative teens (Celsius). As the heat continues to be trapped within my sleep tent walls, whatever is not covered by my sleeping bag or pile of clothes gets melted, and I wind up with a ledge to sleep on, surrounded by an expanding hole underneath the floor. Eric Kendrick’s thermometer read 87º F inside of his tent a couple of days ago when he woke up so over-heated he couldn’t get back to sleep! It’s certainly quite a different story than earlier in the season when a hot water bottle was your only hope for staying warm enough! We were sad to say goodbye to eleven of our team members last week as they left camp on an LC-130 Hercules. Some headed back to McMurdo to catch a flight to Union Glacier camp, which sits about 690 km grid north or due east of Byrd Camp. POLENET has 6 sites to be reached from Union Glacier. We’re excited to see what they can accomplish before they leave on the 4th of January!
Alas, all of our planes have left us today to head back to McMurdo for maintenance. The upcoming Christmas weekend is giving us a chance to catch up on planning, organize the overflowing piles of paper and gear that have taken over our tables, and prepare for the second half of our season. It’s also a time to connect with everyone here around camp, eat good food (freshies arrived today!), share stories, go sledding on the berm, and take a breath to appreciate where we are. We wish all of you happy holidays! -megan