Blizz tales, or is that tails?

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This week at Mawson: 19 April 2013

When the station gets hammered by winds up to 92 knots and nearly four days of blowing snow its good to see it end and the sun come back. We copped this at Mawson last week and when the wind finally dropped of and made getting outside a little more pleasant it was time to see how all that snow had changed the landscape.

When the snow blows down from the plateau most of it blows out to sea but anywhere that there is a boulder , building or other obstruction it builds up on the downwind side and forms blizz tails. Some of these can be quite large. This week snow built up to over three metres deep in some places. The photos below will give you a bit of an idea.

Blizz tail of fuel farm
The top of the tanks are normally 4 metres off the ground.
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Lower fuel farm blizz tail
Blizz tail side on at lower fuel farm
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Lower fuel farm blizz tail
the lower fuel farm from the bottom end
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Long blizz tail
A long tail snakes down the hill from the living quarters to…
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Blizz behind Rozella building
Geoff's secret track completely covered
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Road through blizz tail
The new road to the workshop
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Clearing snow on roads.
Jeremy punches another road through the blizz tail
(Photo: Graham Cook)
Casey Range
Snow plasters the Casey Range just west of Mawson
(Photo: Graham Cook)