This week at the station

This week at Casey: 7 June 2013

Living and working with Casey winter weather

What happens in a week at Casey? Well one just adapts to the changing weather conditions and chooses the jobs on a daily basis to suit what is happening outside.

Take last week for example. It started off like most other weeks at Casey with plenty of wind to blow all that freshly fallen snow away, and then keep blowing, for good measure just in case it missed some of that loose snow that made Casey look like a ski resort for a short period of time. As the winds start to ease off the plant operators are then busy playing with their toys to decrease the height of all the bliz tails (a build-up of snow behind or side of a building due to blowing snow) across road ways and other areas around station so we have access to refuelling areas, workshops, storage areas and any other areas where access is required. The beauty of this is that generally after a good blow we are fortunate to be blessed with one or two good days (very little wind and the occasional sunshine).

If these good days correspond with weekends and or days off it is even better, as it means we are able to get out and about and take in some of the beauty and other things on offer in this pristine and unique environment. Outside this there are the other things like checking out the depth of the sea ice, cane line maintenance, the choices are endless. Those who hesitate miss out; as it is not long before the wind picks up again and either with some snow falls, or not, there is always more snow to be blown through Casey Town. Everyone has learned to take it in his stride and to respect the challenging weather conditions and to make the most of all the other days, whether it be work or play.

Cloudy and white flat snowy terrain, with an expeditioner standing with a cane in the foreground
Cane line maintenance
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
A drilled hole in the sea ice with a measuring tape
Sea Ice Checks 016 between Budnick Hill and wharf
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Picture of a frozen Newcombe bay with low clouds with a small break of sunshine
Typical cloudy day at Casey
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Golden sunset at Casey
Classic Casey sunsets
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Colourful buildings covered with a blanket of snow
Snow covered Casey
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)

All in a days work

Not only is the mechanics’ job on Casey station to service and maintain a wide and large range of vehicles and equipment, we also have to de-blizz and start these vehicles out in the field in trying conditions. So I would like to share with you some pictures of this experience.

The Wilkins aerodrome grader with the hatch open before digging out the snow.
The Wilkins aerodrome grader with the hatch open before digging out the…
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Snow covered grader
The Wilkins grader before loading it onto a float for transport to…
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
snow inside an Overaasen snow blower
Inside the bonnet of an Overaasen snow blower used by the ground…
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Case quad trac covered in snow after a blizzard.
Case quad trac after a blizzard
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Small red generator filled with snow
Even the little generators, used to supply power at field huts, suffer…
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Large heaters melting the snow inside the dozer
Two Herman Nelson heaters needed to melt out this dozer
(Photo: Gavin Starr)

Picture gallery of the week

This week’s picture gallery features photos taken by Aaron McKechnie.

Two large icebergs
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
A number of Adelie penguins on an Iceberg
Penguins on a iceberg
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Big red shed on the corner background with blowing snow with dark low clouds and Hägglunds in the foreground
Just after a blizzard
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Bright fellow sunset
Another classic Casey sunset
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Large iceberg with a flat top and two cave like openings
New house?
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Picture taken from an aircraft of the ice floes in the sea
Flying high
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
The cliff edge of the Vanderford Glacier
Vanderford Glacier
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Icebergs with water in the foreground
More ice
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)