This week at the station

This week at Davis: 14 June 2013

Davis blizz

Weather-wise, we have been pretty spoiled here at Davis station with lots of calm, sunny days. For sure we have had, and will still get, cooler days such as last week where the temperatures were dropping down to -38°C but with winds keeping under 10kts the wind chill has been workable. That changed over the weekend when we had our 3rd blizz for the season which included some blowing snow and gusts maxing up to 82kts. Along with this, the air temp was actually quite balmy for this time of year, reaching up to the -6°C mark. This blizz could possibly be called a 'boss’s blizz' as it was over a long weekend at that (the winds started Sunday). So, come Tuesday morning the winds were still in the 50s and it wasn’t until towards the middle of the day that things began to settle down again and the usual comfortable weather and climate we had become accustomed to here at Davis resumed. It was then we were able to scope around and view the new blizz-arranged landscape of the station.

Snow covering the walking deck
SMQ back deck with blizz build-up
(Photo: Tim K)
Large mound of snow blown in during the blizz
New blizz tail at the back of the SMQ
(Photo: Tim K)
Snow almost to the top of the walkway handrail
Blizz covering walkway
(Photo: Tim K)
External insulated pipe work covered in snow
Blizz encroaching onto site services
(Photo: Tim K)
Snow mound much higher than the elevated walkway
Wall of blizz at the back of the SMQ
(Photo: Tim K)

There goes the sun

As we head into the winter solstice, where it will be the shortest day of the year, we have watched the sun retreat over the last month in regards to actual daylight hours,. For the next 30 or so days the sun won’t be rising above the horizon and what little light that is shown will be fleeting twilight glares in the distance. Although this may sound a bit depressing, the bonus from all this is when conditions are clear and good you get to walk to work and see auroras blazing in this deep southern sky. This something that those who have been keen enough to (up until now) do through midnight and early morning photography: capture this amazing spectacle.

The sun passing below the horizon
The sun at noon
(Photo: Tim K)
Silhouette of the station buildings during twilight
The light on station late morning
(Photo: Tim K)

World’s Biggest Morning Tea

Although the official date is the 23rd of May, the organisers do promote Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (a fundraiser for cancer research) for any time during the months of May and June. As was the case, here at Davis there was mention of the station being part of the World’s Biggest Morning Tea down here. We may have been a bit late but last Friday we all came together for a station morning tea, with donations being made as part of the event.

Davis station gathering around mess table, for their contribution to world’s biggest morning tea
Davis station gathering around mess table, for their contribution to World’s Biggest…
(Photo: Tim K)

Trajer Ridge

Mal, Rocket, Jason and Tim went up to the Trajer Ridge melon (field hut) to scope what would be involved with the removal and installation of a new melon at Trajer Ridge. You know, a quick three and half hour trip up, a bite, a hot drink, then turn around and come back. All’s good.

Wind blowing snow off the Plato with a frozen lake in the foreground
Breezy conditions at Trajer
(Photo: Tim K)
Two expeditioners dress in cold weather clothing to keep warm
Mal and Rocket rugged up for the cold
(Photo: Tim K)
Hagglund vehicle parked on the edge of the frozen lake with the hut in the background
Hagg parked up at Trajer Ridge
(Photo: Tim K)

Medieval night

Last Saturday, Davis station had a Medieval themed night, a night which had emerged as our resident scientist and all round top expeditioner Dr Bob with his trusty sidekick Richie Rich had over the past few months been brewing the original recipe for mead, an ancient elixir from the gods. With the help of our craftsman  and brewmaster Mark there were three varieties of mead up for taste-testing along with a selection of boutique beers that were presented for tasting by various expeditioners with some startling results. Never to be outdone, our resident chef extraordinaire Rocket, with the help of his slushy serf, put on a magnificent feast fit for king and jester alike: a pig on the spit, roast duck, pheasant, pigeon, quail and goose. "More, more!" the cry went out. Overall, a fun and festive night was had by all. Hoorah!

Rich the Jester and Dr Bob the Viking
Rich the Jester and Dr Bob the Viking
(Photo: Rich Y)
Mark with the winning brew
The boutiques up for taste testing with the Canadian Blonde the winner
(Photo: Jason A)
Chef Rodney adding the final plates of food to the table
Rocket finishing the feast fit for a king and queen
(Photo: Rich Y)
Gavin pretending to carve a roast pig
Sir Gav the bearded knight carving the spit with Aaron and Simon…
(Photo: Rich Y)
The guys who dressed up around the tasting table
Cohorts of the round table enjoying the taste testing
(Photo: Jason A)