This week the weather at Casey has given us all a good introduction to winter. By all reports the incidences of blizzards over summer was fewer than the norm, but this week we were treated to two. Winds over much of the weekend persisted in the 60 to 70 knot range, and the maximum gust recorded on Tuesday morning was 80 knots. This gave us a good test of our winter readiness, and as it turns out we are quite well prepared!
Station had been entertained all week with a daily celebration of an ‘International Day’ of some description being displayed via the mess message board. Varying degrees of celebration have been mounted for events such as ‘snowman burning day', ‘forests day', and ‘read someone a bedtime story day'. Harmony Day was recognised with the flying of the Australian and New Zealand Flags, together with the UN, Aboriginal and ANARE flags.
Earlier in the week, the Wallow was transformed into shades of green with expeditioners partaking in St Patrick’s Day complete with a batch of green beer prepared by the brewing team.
The Wilkins crew joined us on station for the weekend for some well–earned rest, and to wait out the blizzard that blew all weekend. After indulging in an internet top up, and many an ice cream sundae, the crew headed back ‘up the hill’ to Wilkins again on Monday afternoon to continue with the winterisation of the aerodrome facility and runway.
The sea ice is trying to form up down in the bay, but it is blown away again after each wind event.
With the crew settling well into their winter works programs, field trip planning is now also underway, with expeditioners keen to get some experience out in the field whilst the weather is still good.
Jacque Comery (Station Leader)