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|
Stay tuned for updates from McMurdo and the Ross Ice Shelf.
2014 Field Season:
(approximate dates dependent on weather)
Oct 31 – Nov 9: McMurdo Station
Nov 10 – Dec 1: Ross Ice Shelf: Yesterday Field Camp, instrument deployment.
Dec 6: Depart from McMurdo to Christchurch, NZ
The team will operate from the temporary Yesterday Camp on the ice near the dateline (180° longitude) from Nov. 10 to Dec. 1, installing nearby stations with snowmobile transits and more distant stations by fixed-wing Twin-Otter flights. Deployment operations and the duration at Yesterday Camp will depend heavily on the weather, which even in summer conditions can be severe with high winds and sub-zero temperatures.