Thursday, June 01, 2006

Wednesday, 31. May. Change to southerly wind

The day started off very nice, but we new the weather might change. We have had weather forecast from the Canadian Met Office emailed from Copenhagen, and they have proven rather reliable. For today and tomorrow they however announced wind above 10 m/s from south-southeast. Difficult to believe since we for 17 days only (except for one 3 hour period) experienced northerly wind. But we did have southerly wind this morning and by evening it had increased to a strong breeze. We (very unscientifically) agreed on two things in camp: 1) It has been blowing north so long that nothing can be left, and 2) Since east and west don't exist when your at the pole the wind also only blows from north or south. These should of course not be taken as official scientific statements :-)
The wind only increased in the evening amd thus didn't hinder a very productive day. Tonight it seems like the snow that passed a few days ago comes back.

Claude and Dennis finished their radar measurements of the ice thickness in the area. Lars and Sverrir left to St Nord by snow scooter. It took two and a half hours. They will pick up gasoline, some spares and wash clothes. They return tomorrow if weather permits.

We drilled down to 36m and the cores are a mixture of refrozen water and compressed snow. The analysis work fine, but they are a lot of work. At 30m depth the temperature in the hole was -13C.
We have been in contact with Copenhagen, VECO and St Nord over the Iridium phone.

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