17 November...and there is Pole news coming from Whidbey Island, WA...where Al Baker has appealed his murder conviction. The conviction was upheld, but there will be a new sentencing hearing. News...
The summer season began on 27 October when the Basler arrived from McMurdo with fresh foods and faces! It was followed a few days later by the first Herc.
14 October...the first Kenn Borek aircraft arrived! And on 13 October...the USAP webcam went live for summer! Check out the latest image above.
12 October...the season has begun for many of the 2016 winterovers...as many have gathered in Denver for 2 weeks of training. And at Pole, the first Basler/Twin Otter transits are due any day now.
Sunrise time at Pole happened the week of 19-20 September, but the clouds intervened. Meanwhile up north, the first main body C-17 arrived on schedule on 28 September.
Winfly was (eventually) a success...after the first 2 flights on 23 August, a McM storm came up, canceling things for a bit...until today (31 August) as the C-17 and the Airbus were both heading south.
Twilight is happening at Pole...the window coverings have been removed...and back in the Lockheed-Martin corporate halls there is discussion of selling or divesting the L-M division which includes the USAP support contract.
21 July...a month after the midwinter celebration, the last period of the darkest night sky is ending with moonrise on the 22nd. Meanwhile at McMurdo, the third of the three scheduled winter flights occurred on the 17th when a C-17 landed at the Pegasus runway.
On 27 May the temperature dropped into triple digits for several hours...perhaps another reason to go outside in addition to the continuing amazing auroras.
10 May...twilight is over...it is dark. Except for when the moon is up. Which it is now. And that new NOAA webcam (above left) is still up...and capable of picking up the moon when it is behind the station!. Otherwise...there ARE auroras. Meanwhile, private pilot Bill Harrelson, who overflew the station on 1 January (without being seen) has provided a couple of aerial photos as documentation.
The amazing sunset dinner happened on 21 March...as the sun continued to try to set. Surprisingly clear skies...and a fall group photo was taken outside.
17 February...after not one but TWO closing flights, the 45 winterovers were finally left alone for the winter after the power plant overhaul team left on the final closing Herc flight on the 16th. Up north, tanker season is over, and the Polar Star, has been diverted for a rescue mission for the second season in a row.
Happy New Year! Yes...there is a new Pole marker.
Cryo was moved about 50 feet east on 27 December...what will happen to the BIF?.
On Monday 1 December, controls tech Thomas Lawrence Atkins was found dead in his room.
On Thursday 6 November the first Herc finally landed. And the rodwell was back on line, just in time. The flight scheduled for Monday was delayed and eventually cancelled until Tuesday after folks were halfway to Williams Field. And as for Tuesday...folks made it all the way to Pole before the flight boomeranged due to poor visibility .
28 October...weather at McM improved, and the Basler returned with the first passengers of summer! The first Pole Herc flight was scheduled for Monday 3 November, but now we know better.
Want an Antarctic job? On this page I've provided everything you need to know about (or at least where to find) how to get a job...updated 30 December 2014.
A Polie book you might be interested in...one of my fellow 2008 winterovers, Josiah Heiser, has published an ebook of his life story...almost free (blog and purchase link).
The dome is gone. And the most comprehensive web collection of dome deconstruction photos is here! And the message boards are still around...stop by the new home of Mike Poole's Antarctic Memories, which now includes the archives of Glenn Grant's Iceboard. If you have questions or problems with this excellent resource...the best place for info on jobs and life on the ice, ask me for help!
My second winter was in 2005 as the Title II Inspector (huh, what's that?)...and stayed on for a month after the 21 October station opening until the summer person showed up. I returned to the US on 21 January after 2 months in NZ/OZ. Hopefully before I left I wasn't too toasty to write a feature article for the 30 October 2005 Antarctic Sun..... Read it for yourself and decide...
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