Antarctica Dispatch

Journal of my Antarctic experience working to support the United States Antarctic Program.

Condition 1

8/4/2007

Well it finally arrived, 'Condition 1'. This is a weather condition when at least one of the following conditions is occurring or imminent:
  1. Sustained wind speed greater than 55 knots
  2. Wind chill temperature colder than -100°F (-73°C)
  3. Visibility less than 100 feet
When this occurs everyone must stay in the building they're in and await the weather to subside. In this case we heard it was being called so people rushed back to their dorm rooms to wait it out. I grabbed my camera and shot the following footage going from Dorm 208 to dorm 155. My friend and college buddy Wade who's an electrician had to head out because one of the power lines went down. The winds were so strong, it blew off a 15 x10 foot metal siding from one of the dorms. It was found underneath a dorm two buildings away.

video

One of the things that goes on is a 'Condition 1' Pool. I think it got up to a few thousand $s. Part of the $$ raised goes to charity.