Heavy snow and our first freeze at Macca

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This week at Macquarie Island: 30 May 2014

Macquarie Island has just emerged from five consecutive days of snowfall and sub-zero temperatures (down to about minus three degrees). We were enthralled by the lovely snowscapes but also had to cope with the fact that these conditions at Macca freeze our water supply from the supply dam at Gadget’s gully. This means putting water conservation measures in place, as our water supply is limited to the contents of our tanks until the thaw arrives, and a large part of the tank contents is reserved as our fire fighting reserve in any case. Plumber Greg had a few busy days staying on top of the situation. Our water is flowing again now. These conditions will come and go from now on throughout the winter, and we will no doubt have to limit water consumption many times.

Two expeditioners working in a plumbing pit
Electrician Paul and plumber Greg restart a plumbing pump which had been…
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
A young elephant seal weaner
Elephant seal weaner in the snow
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
Northern giant petrel in the snow
Northern giant petrel in the snow
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
View of station buildings in the snow
Station buildings from hamshack hill (store, Hasselborough house, Cumpston's cottage, Garden Cove…
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
Huddled creche of king penguin chicks in the snow
Huddled creche of king penguin chicks at Gadget's gully
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
King penguin chicks on beach with old hut in background
King penguin chicks at Sandy Bay with old hut in background
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Macca snowscape on the plateau
Macca snowscape on the plateau
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Semi-frozen lake near Mt Elder on the plateau
Semi-frozen lake near Mt Elder on the plateau
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
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