PERMANTAR-3. Livingston Island
Our days seem to be run by weather, not the calendar. Every bit of a snow free day is used thoroughly, our rucksacks are packed and ready to go at any moment, all we need is reasonably low wind, evenly distributed cloud cover or just visibility more than 50m.
Today is Thursday the 13th, the pressure dropped from 1004 to 994 hPa during the morning coffee so we were expecting the change in weather. Nevertheless, we have decided to go for a quick reconnaissance and a cheeky snowpack sampling trip, combined with calibration measurements for our spectrometer and the chlorophyll sensors. However, our trip ended just after few hundred meters away from the base when we were distracted by a couple of feeding whales and a heavy snowfall accompanied by strong winds.
As winter approaches snow and winds more frequently manage our itineraries so today is another day in the lab.. Who knows, maybe we will force ourselves to finally do that laundry, before the water freezes again in the pipes..
Aga Nowak, University of Sheffield
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