A typically extraordinary week of Antarctic experiences

Starry nights, blizzards and icy beauty

This week at Casey had it all.

Beautiful sunsets, warm autumn nights, a social all station party, awesome dinners and sublime smokos.

We enjoyed interesting cloud formations, auroras, impressive Milky Way displays, a great Saturday meal cooked by our Slushy of the day, Pat. And also over the course of the week encountered two blizzards!!

Blizzards, as defined by the Bureau of Meteorology, are weather conditions with visibility less than 100 metres, temperature below -0°C and wind speeds greater than 34 knots (63 km/h) all at once and lasting for more than an hour. Our winds on Friday and Tuesday tipped the scales at 88 and 92 knots (163, 170 km/h) respectively … and with visibility down to only a couple of metres, it was truly an Antarctic experience.

During these forced indoor days, shutterbugs (photographers) tend to use this time to upload and post-process images. There are a select few photographers who also use this time to study and capture ice crystal formations that appear in our triple glazed windows, using various macro lenses.

As someone who sees the beauty of Antarctica from large icebergs right down to the extremophile microbes that call this place home, it’s all amazing and wonderfully unique. Just like the 30 expeditioners who are wintering here at Casey.