Condition 2

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


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