Follow UTIAS PhD Graduate Dr. Javier Romualdez’s Blog About His Antarctica Research Adventure

Well, it’s our first Condition 2 weather here in McMurdo, so I have some time to post a few pictures highlighting a phrase that we hear all the time here: “Antarctica: it’s a harsh continent”. Up until now, we had, as a group, repeated this over-stated slogan incessantly (e.g. someone spills a glass of water at dinner – “Antarctica: it’s a harsh continent”); however, with severe weather currently in effect, the phrase seems a bit more relevant. For reference, the weather is classed into three states in order of increasing severity: Condition 3, which is normally clear, low wind, but still possibly cold weather; Condition 2, which is dramatically reduced visibility due to heavy snow and wind; and Condition 1, which is weather bad enough that people are restricted to whatever building they happen to be in at the time until conditions improve. Read more