The flight from NZ to McMurdo took about 7 hours including 1 hour of holding to make our descent into Mactown (The had to wait for the weather to clear). C 117s ride like Cadillacs. I spent most of yesterday and today getting settled in my dorm and doing various training (this town is like Science camp for adults, really really awesome). We came across a seal that had most likely been in a fight because it was bleeding (not seriously, but noticeable). It looks like a frozen sausage.
It was condition 2 out on the sea ice. Condition 2 means one or more of the following conditions have been met:
- Sustained wind speed 48 knots to 55 knots
- Wind chill temperature -75°F (-60°C) to -100°F (-73°C)
- Visibility 1/4 mile to 100 feet