|The mass spec is collecting data!!!|
In the previous post, I mentioned that the wind was picking up yesterday morning on the sea ice. By the time I picked up the Goldstreak packages and we headed out to the lab (~10:30 PM), wind speeds were averaging ~30 mph with even higher wind gusts. This meant low visibility, huge snow drifts on the road, and leaning into the wind as we walked across the drifting snow on the tundra to the lab! Kyle, who usually has trouble cooling his gas chromatograph oven to low temperatures, was having trouble warming the oven to higher temperatures because of the high winds keeping his blower valve open! So, it was an interesting (yet "normal") night of troubleshooting! We parked even further than normal away from the lab because we were worried about the truck getting stuck in the large drifts that were forming at our normal parking spot on the side of the road. Luckily the truck got us back to our hut when we finished up in the lab - of course, the truck then wouldn't start in the morning due to snow/ice accumulation because we drove through many several-foot-high snow drifts on the way home! But, we have working instruments and are happy "campers"! (Actually, our hut was compared to a fishing camp by our most recent visitors!) We have been blessed with an amazingly successful field campaign with lots of data, and these extra days will be the "icing on the cake" at Cake Eater Lab!
|Low visibility at the lab due to blowing snow|
|An interesting break in the clouds outside of the lab at ~midnight|
|Flare at the gas drilling station out on Cake Eater Rd.|
|Twilight out on the tundra|
|Sunrise at Cake Eater Lab|