Thursday, March 11, 2010

Still windy

Well, this morning heralded yet another windy, stormy day here at Pole. It's been doing this for maybe 4 days now, almost non-stop. It is amazing how quickly the drifts and sastrugi can develop under the influence of wind, hence blowing snow. Walking around on un-groomed paths in the last few days reminded me how tiring and awkward it is in the winter, when you can't see very well the surface you are walking on a lot of the time. I'm of the group of winterovers that advocates just letting your eyes adjust to the darkness, which a lot of the time isn't all that dark due to the moon, stars, and auroras, instead of using headlamps and flashlights and the like all the time.

Concerning storms of a different kind, it is definitely interesting reading all the news concerning the next era of NASA's manned space flight program. I just wonder what the state of the industry/field will be come next November when I leave and have to assess what options I want to pursue for future employment. It's a very dynamic situation, so I'm doing my best not to worry about it until the time comes.

Last night found a lounge-full of us watching 3 episodes of "Battlestar Galactica", which continues to deliver a good storyline. I have no idea how long it will take us to get through all the seasons at this rate, but again, we've plenty of time before anybody is going anywhere. I don't consider that a bad thing, whatsoever.

“The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.”
~Thucydides

4 comments:

Desert Tortise said...

We've been watching your weather in class. One of the students wondered what was the biggest sastrugi you have encounted?

EthanG said...

I guess most large sastrugi I've encountered around station have not exceeded 1.5-2' in height.

Desert Tortise said...

Thanks. I'll share that with them.

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