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Terry's Blog (18)

Just One Sunrise a Year at the South Pole and it happens tomorrow - September 21st!

Things are very busy here as we gear up for sunrise and summer…At the South Pole we only get 11 hours of internet and phone use as we cycle through three satellites just for 11 hours.



The sky is showing pink and orange as if in early morning...Just tonight we sat next to one of our many galley dinning room windows and awed at the horizon. Funny how a sunrise or set at the bottom of the world will take days and weeks while back home it takes minutes and hours....it's very nice to know… Continue

Added by Terry on September 20, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

South Pole Farmer's Market Aug 31st

Hello,



Life at South Pole is going well, with little over 10 weeks away from deploying>>>>. We are so excited to see light blue on the horizon which becomes further spread across the sky and brighter and each day getting closer to sunrise. The sun will be rising on Sept. 21.



Sorry that I haven’t been as consistent with writing this past season. Perhaps the novelty is wearing off to some degree, I suppose there are only so many ways and times I can write the sun… Continue

Added by Terry on August 31, 2008 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

First Annual South Pole Farmer's Market

The South Pole Greenhouse has proven to be a great provider for the winter crew. I hit a record of yield, 167 pounds for one week. A progress chart:



South Pole Food Growth Chamber Proudly Presents 2008 winter Annual Harvest




January February March April May June July August

93.73 204.23 40.6 145.1 306.8 345.6 401.35 123.78



I thought a Farmer’s Market would be a fun event, since it is… Continue

Added by Terry on August 5, 2008 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

Son of PoleStock June 21, 2008

The Son of PoleStock on June 21, 2008 was another music filled evening in the gymnasium of the South Pole Station

Added by Terry on June 26, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

- 82 at the South Pole - May 31, 2008

Weather for South Pole Station

The date is 05-31-2008 at 10:46 AM



Temperature

-63.3 C -81.9 F



Windchill

-82.9 C -117.1 F



Wind

8.5 kts Grid 63



Barometer

670.2 mb (11000 ft)





UTC 05-30-2008 at 22:46 Z





If you want to see official met data- click on this link .

If you want to see South Pole Weather FAQ's -… Continue

Added by Terry on May 30, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Look for the South Pole Crew on the "Today Show" this Week!

Sunday afternoon at 3pm, and we are still at the South Pole due to weather delays at Pole and McMurdo.

My replacement was delayed by one day to arrive on October 30. The Today Show has been cancelled as they did not make their window of opportunity due to bad weather. The Today Show was to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday to quickly film the Growth Chamber, our…

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Added by Terry on November 5, 2007 at 9:10am — No Comments

Winter Crew is Leaving the South Pole



Tomorrow some 40 crew members will leave on a Hercules C17 for McMurdo Bay. The remaining 14 will filter out during the next two weeks. As for me I am scheduled to leave on November 3rd with a one night lay over in McMurdo and arrive in Christchurch on the 5th.

I have accepted the…

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Added by Terry on October 28, 2007 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Sun is Up at the South Pole

We went without sun from March til September down here. Now the "summer" begins.

We are waiting the arrival of the first passengers, though waiting on their arrival has been painful. We have almost finished the stations Spring “House Mouse” cleaning this past weekend and will do some touch ups the day of their arrival to insure the…

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Added by Terry on October 22, 2007 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Covers Off, Sloppy Jammies and 100 Below

I thought I would share with you a co-workers blog and the songs we played recently during an open mike night at SpoleBucks (galley) We were the only entertainment, and I finally got to be in a band! It was fun…

Take a listen

... this morning the entire station has been in a spunky playful mood, I think it’s because we took down the window coverings…

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Added by Terry on September 4, 2007 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Total Eclipse of the Moon TONIGHT!

Luncar Eclipse

We can watch the eclipse together!

As I stand in the -97 degrees with a wind chill of 8.8 I look to my right and see night's full moon and stars, I look to my left and see the weeks-away sunrise coming with a hint of orange, yellow, white, and baby blue blending into the night sky above. I look back to the right and see an aurora coming alive for one last presentation.

Find out when it will happen in your time zone at…

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Added by Terry on August 27, 2007 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Rockin' at the South Pole

Well it was an exciting week. Once a month we have a fire drill and this month was our last drill. This was our “Big” Mass Casualties Incident drill (MCI) multiple victims. I am on Team #3 which

is the logistics support for the trauma and fire team. It was pretty

exciting dashing around on a snow mobile pulling victims behind us, carrying

them up the two flights…

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Added by Terry on August 27, 2007 at 10:47am — No Comments

First Twilight - Sunrise coming in late September

I thought you all would enjoy this newly updated photo from one of our science tech crew members....

Terry

"Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 8:28 PM

Subject: for all you non-belivers...

For those who don't believe the first signs of the sun are visible, yes it's a long time exposure (67s) and with the naked eye you will only see a little bit brighter horizon in that direction (no colors), but it is visible…

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Added by Terry on August 5, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

South Pole BBQ - 5 K Race - Oiling Eggs

BBQ in the mechanic garage, having a BBQ indoor isn't the best idea even when the grill is hooked up to the venting system it doesn’t always work when you are continuously opening the lid… but a tournament of horseshoes distracted us from the smoke! May 25th.

South Pole BBQ

“Big Fat Kevin” 5 K race inside the station. BF5K 2nd. Annual Race. It took 24 laps to equal 5K. That was up and down hallways and staircases. As you noticed, each team dressed up. Super heroes,…

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Added by Terry on August 5, 2007 at 11:26am — No Comments

Fine Dining & the Solstice at the South Pole

Edible Marigolds

For the Dinning Facility

South Pole Growth Chamber

Edible Marigols at the South Pole

Photo taken July 15th 2007

Teresa Eddington

It has sure been a long time since I've written.... well over two months!

The green house is ever changing....and that's good, it keeps me from getting bored with my job. I have recently rotated out crops the crew has voted low priority, and incorporated the ones they requested. Not to mention the…

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Added by Terry on July 31, 2007 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Earth Day at the South Pole

This picture of me with the zucchini is in the Growth Chamber, and was taken on Saturday April 14th I take pictures of the produce every week and include them in my weekly Sit- Rep report's that go to the Winter Site Manager, Facilities Specialist in Denver, the Head Chef in Denver for the South Pole, to a professor and the graduate student who was the technician of the green house last winter who are with…

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Added by Terry on May 1, 2007 at 9:09am — No Comments

Part 3: McMurdo Bay - Ice Breaker& Scott's Cabin

While on

R&R the Swedish Ice breaker ship “ODEN” was in McMurdo Bay breaking ice for the cargo vessel to

bring our fall supplies. Our Swedish friend Sven who works for Ice Cube use to

work on board the ODEN too and was able to arrange a tour for us one afternoon…

beautiful ship! Here the ODEN is port at Scott’s Point.…





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Added by Terry on February 20, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Part 2 - The Greenhouse, The Odds & the Royal Navy Expedition

This is the

growth camber, the lower racks are drawers, and they pull out when the sun lamps

are on and pushed back so you can walk through the

chamber….







Below facing is Hedi our station P.A. physician’s…

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Added by Terry on February 5, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Last Plane from the South Pole Feb 24th then nothing til Oct or Nov!



February 4th 2007



Hello,

February 24th is the last plane out of here, and no mail in or out until October, now they are saying maybe November…

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Added by Terry on February 4, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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