Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Barrow, Alaska ... The Tour ...

The past few days we've been dealing with the wrath of Mother Nature. A blizzard came in on Monday and just let up this morning. Winds were over 40 mph, which dropped the wind chills to at least -50F. It made getting around difficult, as you couldn't see more than a few feet in front of you. It also stopped the water deliveries to our hut! This was a problem, as a cleaning crew had wiped out our water supply the very day the blizzard came in. So, without the water truck to refill us, we were completely out of water. No shower, no toilet, no sink. Luckily we were able to shower and such at the Ilisagvik College dorms (in the same building as BASC). We just pretended we were camping.

Today the water truck finally made it back to our hut. Just in time ... as it appears another round of bad weather is coming our way this afternoon/evening.

In our few hours of good weather we managed to get to our equipment that was left here from last year and got that all unpacked. It was being stored in another building and required a truck to move some things around. This afternoon we'll try to get our air samplers up and running.

In the meantime, I put together a video that we filmed over the weekend ... an official tour of Barrow. Here you can see what Barrow actually looks like, not the "30 Days of Night" movie version.


1 comment:

janet said...

Great job of showing the was if I was doing it. So if you don't mind I am going to share it with my family and friends.