Antarctica Dispatch

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

Condition 1


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.

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.


At Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:58:00 AM, Blogger AaroN said...

I'm guessing this Condition 1 was because of visibility? Can that camera operate at -100deg F?

At Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:51:00 AM, Blogger Dennis said...


I'm working for a filmcompany in The Netherlands and we are doing research on the forthcoming international documentary 'Between Ears'. This will be a film by which the viewer is taken away in the discovery of the different and surprising aspects of how and why people use their mp3 players in different kind of places. You can find more info about our project on

Our filmcompany is trying to get in contact with a person in Antarctica who is using a mp3 player. It's likely that some people take their portable players out to remote field camps where they may work for weeks at a time. If people climb Mount Everest with their mp3 players it would seem that there is every reason to expect scientists in Antarctica would have similar interests. Hearing ones favorite song can be very soothing when there is a complete absence of all other forms of audio/video entertainment. It's a way to feel more comfortable and less lonely for example. The mp3 player is becoming an 'emotional tool' for a lot of people.

I was wondering if maybe you have any suggestions how to come in contact with someone in Antarctica who is using a mp3 player like this. We are very interested in hearing their story about this subject.

Hope to hear from you! Thanks!


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