After doing a lot of analysis that was presented in our papers and at conferences like the ICRC or at TeVPa, we are gearing up for the new season. Nothing is final yet, but it looks like we have been approved to go to Antarctica again and very likely also to South Pole. South Pole?? Yes, we will be exploring the possibility of moving ARIANNA to South Pole. Sounds interesting?
Well yes, what happened since November?
After we all had been wondering, how the two newcomers to Antarctica could possibly enjoy it so much, there is finally evidence that they are human.
... the team gets snowed in.
It is so foreseeable that we already plan with it, when we make the schedule for our time in the field. At least two days will be spent sitting in the tent, catching up on writing down logs and documentation and watching movies preferably about people dying on cold mountains or in the snow. The correct amount of irony for such a weather.
This year, Antarctica seems to be on its best behavior! After our team had been boomeranged (when a flight turns around in mid-air and goes home) due to fog, which you might spot at the far horizon, the weather in the filed has been marvelous.
So, this season, we are at the other end of the information flow. Namely on the low priority end, well almost. We are in touch regularly about station performance, wifi-network status, training needs and logistics. However, the "so, what happened outside of scientific routine"-part is clearly not as exciting as it is when you are down on the ice yourself. Anyway, we can make the best of it and let you know that also this year, things are exciting and never the same on the Ross ice-shelf.
Well, this season the blog is going to be a little different. We are changing perspective: Last season we reported directly from the ice, this season we will report from back home and from what we hear from down there. Interestingly, it is not a lot so far -- but we are hoping that it will get better.
... we would already know, who will be part of this year's team.
The has started rising again on the Ross ice-shelf and just a week later, our stations are back to life. During only a couple of minutes per day, they have been signaling that they have made it through the winter.
Yes, we will be going down again this year. And yes, there will be new photos and new stories about spending nights on the ice-shelf.
What do we have in store for you this year? Not absolutely sure yet, but fairly certain it will involve drilling/melting holes, installing a wind-generator, and ... who would have thought ... digging. Also this season, we will find everything buried by about an additional meter of snow.