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Antarctica Travel Blog Nov. 25: Whiteouts and the Solar Eclipse

The Kapitan Klebnikov in Antarctica - photo by Laurie Allread
The Kapitan Klebnikov in Antarctica - photo by Laurie Allread

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!

(This is Laurie's fourth visit to Antarctica. She is blogging her way through this epic month-long Antarctica cruise; the Kapitan Khlebnikov's Ross Sea Centennial Voyage. Tune in for daily updates from the field. Pictures from Laurie's past Antarctica travels are found on her website.)

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