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.”


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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