Cracks in the sea ice from 39,000 ft about 1.5 hours north of McMurdo.
LC-17 Globemaster after landing at Pegasus Field with Mt Erebus in the right background.
Co-Principal Investigator Dr Peter Gerstoft is enjoying the mild weather!
Flights into Antarctica for the U.S. Antarctic Program are conducted by the 13th Air Force’s Operation Deep Freeze, flying C-17 transport planes from Christchurch, NZ to ice landing fields near McMurdo Station.
Lt. Col. Ed “Hertz” Vaughan blogs about Operation Deep Freeze and a season stationed at McMurdo in Dispatches from Antarctica. Flight to the Ice describes the flight from Christchurch to McMurdo.
It’s been a busy few days in Christchurch, NZ getting ready for travel down to McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Yesterday we were outfitted with our cold weather gear, which we’ll be wearing when we board the plane for our ice flight — hopefully tomorrow.
Weather conditions at McMurdo determine whether we will be on the ice tomorrow. If the weather turns bad (often wind conditions can become to severe), it’s possible that we’ll be forced to turn around and “boomerang” back to Christchurch.
Still no confirmation that we’ll be heading south…
Friday is the scheduled departure date from Christchurch, NZ to McMurdo. How’s it looking there?
Current conditions and live webcam at McMurdo are linked on the sidebar at right –>
The team is scheduled to fly from Christchurch to McMurdo 31 October. They only fly when the visibility is good. Forecast looks good!
More detailed conditions can be found on Weather Underground, McMurdo.
October 27, 2014 6:00 PM UTC
|Temperature||-8° C||18° F|
|Wind Chill||-15° C||5° F|
|Wind Speed||10 knots|