Greenland – Snowstorm

The night we arrived, after setting up our camp, we were hit by a snowstorm. Around 30 cm of snow fell overnight, and more continued to come over the next few days. There was sufficient drifting snow to cover most of the surface features on the ice sheet. Since we had not yet conducted any reconnaissance of the area on foot, we did not know where we could walk and safely avoid crevasses and abandoned moulins. This left us confined to camp for the first week, mostly sitting in the group tent and fretting about the work that was not getting done. Finally, after a week of waiting, enough snow had melted, and enough stir craziness accumulated, that we decided to conduct a first recon to attempt to locate the newly formed moulin that we had identified from the helicopter.

We awoke to 30 cm of freshly fallen snow on our first morning in camp.
We awoke to 30 cm of freshly fallen snow on our first morning in camp.
The drifting continued.
The drifting continued.
The only instrumentation we were able to install in the first week was our weather station, which was located in camp. Here you can see that the weather station is telling us it's cold.
The only instrumentation we were able to install in the first week was our weather station., which was located in camp. Here you can see that the weather station is telling us it’s cold.

Gearing up for our first recon out of camp.
Gearing up for our first recon out of camp.
Setting an anchor to scout out a potential moulin instrumentation site.
Setting an anchor to scout out a potential moulin instrumentation site. Camp is in the distance.

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