Picture of the Day for 30 August 2002

Another winter day in the Antarctic. Today started out with the search for Penguins, however, by mid-morning the wind had picked up and the visibility dropped such that we could see only a few feet in front of the ship. Since noon time the ship has been parked in the ice. Parked, but still moving, as the ice pack has been drifting at 1.3 knots (nautical miles per hour), blown by 40 to 50 knot winds all afternoon.


As night fell, the winds continued howling. Pictured today is the blowing snow in the R/V L.M. Gould spotlights. Notice that the snow is not falling, but being blown horizontally by the high winds.  Picture by Kerry Claffey.