Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In transition

The sun slides ever closer and closer to the horizon here, and the temperatures are going right along with it. Couple the decreased solar input with a wind from the “east” (the higher altitude regions of east Antarctica where it’s already colder), and we’ve got temperatures back down in the -70s °F ballpark, pushing -80°F. The neat thing is that will feel warm once we’ve had a cold snap in the -90s °F for a while.

I have yet to really bundle up much more than I did for summer, yet. I do regularly wear a fleece jacket under my work coat, and with the high winds we had for a while there I started wearing my wind-proof balaclava under my fleece gaiter and stocking cap. I’ve been wearing mitts instead of gloves for quite a while; the only exception(s) being when I have to wear my bunker gear for emergency response purposes outside. Those fireman’s gloves are totally not appropriate wear for these temperatures, even with liners and hand warmers underneath.

I have started reading through the glaciology textbooks I brought down, which are sure interesting. This is all part of considering potentially making a career/profession change when I leave here in November. Even if I don’t make the leap, it’s interesting stuff nonetheless.

“Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.”
~Thucydides

1 comment:

Desert Tortise said...

Thanks for the layering description. The question has been, how much does it all weigh when you have it on?