20 August 2014, by Paul Johnston: We arrived and anchored about 3 miles offshore of Barrow Monday afternoon. Tuesday, we spent training our replacements and doing last minute goodbyes, cleaning, and packing. Today, Wednesday, we were transported by small boat to the old Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) facility. NARL is now the Ukpegvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) Science Center, a… Read More

18 Aug 2014,  by Matt Shupe [71N, 156W]: We’ve just arrived off the shores of Barrow. Home is on the horizon. It has been a long time coming and a lot of work to get to this point. Most of me is so glad, relieved even, to get here. To get back home and squeeze… Read More

17 Aug 2014, by Matthew Shupe [74N, 171W]: Tonight was the End of Cruise Dinner,  special occasion where there is a nice meal, table clothes, wine. Everyone dressed their best. The evening was kicked off with fantastic pre-dinner entertainment by Marcus, Celia, and Kseniia. Marcus on the clarinet, and the ladies singing a duet. First… Read More

14 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [74N, 170W]: It happens many times a day. We all gather in the port-side mess hall for meal time. Bo, Ranjit, Lise, and Lena prepare the food and make sure everything happens in the kitchen. They work wonders considering that we haven’t had access to re-supply in nearly 6… Read More

11 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [73N, 178E]:  Bar none, this has been my most spectacular day in the Arctic. It started with the fantastic colors, sun, and moon that I wrote about in the last post. Already that qualified it as “one of” my most spectacular days. Over the course of the day I… Read More

10 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [73N, 176E]:   There are those days that the Earth glows in magnificent splendor.  Today is that kind of day.  The sun dipping down into the horizon for the first time in weeks, but not going the whole way under before heading back upwards.  The largest full moon of… Read More

8 Aug 2014, M. Shupe [76N, 176E]:    Finally a photo of our “Boundary Layer Meteorology” team. This was taken at a little party on the bow to celebrate two events:  A birthday and the successful completion of the primary mission for this leg. I think this might be a time of some relief for… Read More

8 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [76N, 176E]:  OK, maybe that title is a bit extreme, but this recent event really does mean the end for much of the ice in this region. Our measurements over the past days have documented this amazing blob of warm, moist air overhead that advected into the East Siberian… Read More

6 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [74N, 171E]:   Finally a break in the clouds. It seems that when we get into the ice the clouds like to linger, especially these low foggy clouds. They make everything seem cold and a bit dreary (but how do they make the ice feel?  Stay tuned for my… Read More

6 Aug 2014, Matt Shupe [74N, 171E] The sun simply circles the sky at this time of year in the high Arctic. It is light all day, which can be challenging to the sleep pattern and daily routine. But, the sun does rise and fall in the sky, and, as we progress towards autumn, eventually… Read More