Wind Speed: 7 kts
Temp with wind chill: -16c
The last few weeks have seen a great many changes as Scott Base has made the transition from summer to winter mode. The summer is a hectic period of 24-hour daylight when there can be as many as 90 people on base at any time, made up of science teams and project groups as well as support staff. Now however, we are down to our full winter complement of 14; a skeleton base crew of 10, plus our 4 AHT conservators. Officially this change was marked by the flag ceremony, a tradition dating back to 1957, when the youngest person on base is tasked with lowering the old summer flag and hoisting up the winter version; a small pennant-type standard that can better withstand the inclement weather to come.
Flag ceremony at Scott Base © AHT/Susanne
Now, postcards and letters home have been hastily written to make the last mailbag, and last-minute orders of supplies and fresh vegetables have been received. Finally, last Tuesday our crew gathered outside to toast the departure of the final flight from Pegasus Air Strip. Now there will be no movement on or off the continent until August. An exciting time for all.