Today we’re back to the expected, cold, blustery, and snowing weather; it feels like -13F with the 57mph winds. However, yesterday evening we had calm winds and clear skies, so after another CTD, the UAV team got in a couple more drone flights.

The crew moved the ship right up against the sea ice so the UAVs could get good images for later data collection. Aerial sea ice

However, it was such a nice day, they sent the UAVs up almost 4,000 feet to get some awesome shots too!

Aerial of ship

Aerial of ship

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Weather Summary
Cold, windy, and snowing
20 F
Wind Speed
57 mph
Wind Chill
-13 F
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Kiersten Darrow (not verified)

These shots are amazing. Do you spend time on the deck? What does it sound like there? Can you hear over the wind?

Peggy McNeal

Wow, great pictures! They look like magnified crystals. I enjoyed the video. What kind of birds are in the video?

Dominique Richardson

Hi Peggy! I saw a really interesting cloud phenomenon out here and thought of you the other day! I couldn't get any photos though... The
white birds in the video are lesser and greater snow petrels. We also
have Antarctic petrels and southern giant petrels constantly around the
ship too, though I'm not sure if they're in the video.

Dominique Richardson

Hi Kiersten! I try and get outside on the deck at least once a day. The sound on the deck generally depends on the weather and what we're doing.
When we're in calm weather, it's very peaceful and I can hear the water
lapping at the ship and the surrounding ice. Sometimes I can hear the
ice crunch against surrounding pieces as it floats on the swell. When
we're transiting through thick ice, its hard to hear much over the sound
of ice scraping on the ship. When the wind is up, I can hear the wind,
but usually have my hood and just just hear the rustling of my own
clothes as I brace against the snow and wind. The ship has all sorts of
interesting sounds that let you know whats going on constantly. Each
piece of equipment makes its own unique noise so you can tell what
operations are occurring without actually having to see anything. I can
even tell what depth of water we're in by differing background sounds of
the pinging bathymeter.