Whoo hoo! I am set up and in operation. It took a couple days to work out a few kinks and get everything installed securely. Fred and Bruce helped ensure that our equipment is set up for the almost 50 mph winds and waaaay sub zero temperatures we are expecting. Just to put it in perspective, the site technicians, Dave and Josh, said temperatures reached –73 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill the morning we arrived. YIKES.
Today, it took 1.5 hours to get into the site, a normally-10-minute drive. We had to essentially follow a bulldozer in to prevent getting stuck in the snow drifts rapidly forming on the one road to the site. One we were in, I worked quickly as we had to leave after about 30 minutes to prevent getting stuck at the site. We are back at the camp now. The samplers are working hard while I am at work at camp, nice and toasty in my bed 🙂 Winds are expected to reach 48 mph tonight and into tomorrow!
Funny, a beautiful blue bird day on Feb 28, and now a howling white out on Mar 2. #Arcticresearchlife