Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Today we flew the Twin Otter to the Greenland Ice Sheet.  As I said yesterday, we planned to visit two sites because high winds have forced cancellation of tomorrow’s field day.  We only made it to one site today but we worked hard all day.

Today was quite simply one of the most amazing days I have had anywhere, anytime, mostly because it was gorgeous, but also because we did some awesome science, and finally because it was fairly extreme.  It was crystal clear so the flying and scenery were spectacular.  When we landed on the ice sheet, our pilot told us it was minus 32.  That’s in Celsius; in Fahrenheit its -25.  According to Sarah Das, who has worked in the field many times in Greenland and Antarctic, that was the coldest day she has been in the field.  It is amazing we got all of what we got done in those temps.

I would love to tell you all about our work today, but we worked about 10hrs and did not get to Ilulisaat until 9 PM.  It is now 11:30 PM and I am ridiculously tired.  So check in tomorrow for photos from the ice sheet and our amazing flight back right over the Jacobshavn Glacier.