To some of you the concept of a snow day may seem foreign. To many including myself it was an unplanned day off of sorts. It usually involved wearing your pajamas inside out and putting ice in the toilet before you went to bed when you were a child. Now that I am older I refrain from such folly (As far as you know). Anyway for the most part other than the ship's crew we had the equivalent of a snow day. Because of high winds, snow and thick ice all science was halted.

Between a rock and a hard place.

The high winds and snow make it harder for the crew to work the ice.
The high winds and snow make it harder for the crew to work the ice. Slowly but surely we make it through

The seas ice is beautiful but slows the ability to do science.
The seas ice is beautiful but slows the ability to do science.

So what do a bunch of scientists and their assistants when they are chomping at the bit to do what they came to do? The answer is a lot. If you remember we work on 12 hr. shifts. For some they are floating back and forth with little sleep. Other than an occasional meeting in the chief scientists (Amy Leventer) cabin it is difficult for the PI's to get together and discuss each other's work. Today gave them a little time to catch up.

Left to right: Mark Rosenberg, Bruce Huber, Alex Orsi and Natalie Zeilinski
Left to right: Mark Rosenberg, Bruce Huber, Alex Orsi and Natalie Zeilinski in the dry lab

The students and I were able to finish cataloguing specimens and getting the labs and equipment cleaned and ready for our next round. After that we were able to gather for a while over a game of cards and then charades.

Left to right: Glenn Clark, Michelle Guitard, Mike Bowen and Mikhaila Redovian
Left to right: Glenn Clark, Michelle Guitard, Mike Bowen and Mikhaila Redovian take our mascot Flat Stanley for a walk on the helo deck. It was a little windy as you can see.

I want to stress how hard the captain and his mates have been working through what was a relatively light day for us. Thanks from all of us. It looks like we will be back in full swing soon, until then how about a picture of some wildlife from a few days ago?Homework question: Does gravity change from place to place on earth?

Here are a few Crab Eater seals sharing their flow
Here are a few Crab Eater seals sharing their flow with Adelie and Emporer penguins

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Weather Summary
BLOWING SNOW!
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18

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