Wind Speed: 14
Temp with wind chill: -50
On February 24th the ice in front of Scott base began creaking and heaving up and down as if it were breathing. By evening, pieces of the ice shelf were steadily breaking off and drifting out towards open water in the distance. As the sun hit the horizon at 11 pm, a network of cracks in front of Scott Base were appearing and disappearing as bright white lines which opened and shut as the ice bobbed up and down. By midnight, pressure ridges that have been standing in front of Scott Base for over a decade had floated out to sea. A beautiful pink fog sat on top of the sea: fog requires water, and we are not used to seeing fog.
The evening of 24th February. Photo: Steve Williams
Sometime between about 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning of the 25th , the ice broke away from the shore in front of Scott Base for the first time in 14 years. Most of us don’t expect to ever see open water in front of Scott Base again.
That morning, mini-icebergs floated in front of Scott Base in brilliant indigo blue water. We could see yellow starfish on the ocean floor.
The morning of February 25th. Photo: Steve Williams