Antarctica Travel Blog Nov. 25: Whiteouts and the Solar Eclipse
November 25, 2011
Our plans for visiting McMurdo and Ross Stations, Scott's Discovery hut at Cape Evans and hiking Observation Hill were delayed by the weather. Here in Antarctica, "weather is our master", our expedition leader, Shane Envoy, has reminded us many times. Whiteout conditions and 40 knot winds lasted throughout the day with temperature of 30 degrees below zero when considering the wind chill factor. During the afternoon, the whiteout lifted but the winds continued to blow. Nevertheless some of the passengers ventured out to view the partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse was only visible from Antarctica and Southern New Zealand. What a surprise. This rare event was not even on the itinerary!