East Greenland Ice-Core Project - EGRIP

We received a plane on a perfect day for flying - 01 May 2017


Skier 12 leaves EGRIP in a spectacular fashion using ATO (Assisted Take Off) solid fuel rockets. (c)JF Steffensen

Today, for once, we were not nervous about receiving a plane to EGRIP. The weather was perfect: Clear blue sky, -20°C and a moderate wind along the skiway. The operation went fine. We received 6.5 ton cargo and fuel. Hello to Iben, Maria, Camilla, Motohiro, Hans Christian, Steffen, Jens Christian and Bo. Good bye to Jesper from PM Energy who did a fantastic job on the main generator.

As we now are 19 people in camp, the weatherports came into use. Most people are now sleeping in weatherports and only 4 are sleeping in the main dome. We still do not have running water, so all were briefed on the importance of good hand hygiene using alcohol. With the inflow of so many people, the dynamics in camp has changed. A tonight people got together with a movie and popcorn. For the next 17 days, we are now on our own, as the next plane is scheduled to the 18th May.

What we did today:

  1. Main snow melter is activated. We should get running water tomorrow.
  2. Work on modifying new cooks snow melter and central heating in the main dome in on-line.
  3. Built food weatherport.
  4. Received Skier 12 (90) with 8 new members of camp crew.
  5. Sorting out arriving cargo.
  6. Installing electrical heat in weatherports.
  7. The big move: People moved from main dome to weatherports.

Weather today: Clear all day, with moderate wind. Temp. -19°C to -33°C. Wind: 12 kt to 17 kt from SW. Visibility: To horizon.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

Last Great March- 10 March 17


Weather Forecast - The last great March  -North Pole 2017
Date: 10 March 2017
Start time: 08 March 2017
Start location: Ward Hunt Island 83.08/-74.14
Latest position: 83.08/-74.14

General situation
- the favorable influence of the high pressure is slowly being pushed away and instead the influence of a frontal depression will become predominant.
- this feature will push significantly warmer, hence moister air towards Ward Hunt.
- so the extreme low temperatures will gradually rise and by tomorrow 12-18utc the mercury should show values around -25C

Weather Forecast
Day 1: 10 March
- weather: the day might start still with some open sky but soon more clouds move in, they will thicken up as the day continues eventually solidly overcast with outbreaks of snow grains the following night
- wind: SW 2-6kt - after 15/18utc slightly increasing becoming SW 4-8kt
- temperatures: temperatures are gradually rising: ms42C (ms44F) at 12utc towards ms30C (ms22F) 24 hours later
- ice drift: weak in a ENE to NE’ly direction but in general hardly any movement

Day 2: 11 March
- weather: mainly very cloudy to overcast with slight and intermittent outbreaks of precip/snow grains
- wind: SSW 4-8kt - after 15utc becoming weak to calm
- temperatures: further rising up to ms24/ms26C (ms11/ms15F)
- ice drift: weak in a NNE to NE’ly direction but still in general hardly any movement

Day 3: 128 March
- weather: again the cloudiness will be thinner allowing weak sunny spells. take in account again lower temperatures and freezing fog patches, especially near open leads
- wind: weak to calm from variable directions
- temperatures: ms28/ms30C (ms18/ms22F)
- ice drift: hardly any movement

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