What a crazy last few days! We had quite a blow come though and there were issues at the site leading to a power outage. We have had winds leading to white outs and then calm days with above zero temperatures. We consider those days a heat wave up here 😉
With the recent power outages, I was able to check out how my samplers were doing. Looks like I was able to collect a bunch of particles before the outage. Aerosol particles get sucked into the sampler with a powerful vacuum pump. Once they enter the sampler, they impact on the surfaces of these discs that rotate slowly over time. The way the particles stick to the discs is I spray them with a solution that dries and becomes sticky. That way, the aerosols stick to the surface instead of bounce off the disc, otherwise I would not have any samples!
Today, the site technicians let me launch one of their routine weather balloons, pretty cool! Luckily, power is back on and my samplers are up and running, working hard at collecting aerosols. Even with all these challenges, it is exciting to research in the Arctic 🙂