Cold Snap!

Temperatures plummeted last night. Lately we’ve had temps around -20F, maybe down to -30F, but today it stayed solidly between -43F and -36F…right around that magic value where the two scales cross: -40F.


Later in the afternoon a thin fog crept over the station. The flat white can be so many things – crystal clear with bright, sharp blue skies and glittering snow, or a greyish white nothingness which we call being “inside the ping-pong ball” where you can’t tell where the ground meets the sky…it can be blowing 30 knots, scouring the earth with a gritty onslaught of ice, or at night of winter, when it’s the most peaceful place on earth; crystalline stars spattering the infinite abyss of sky.

A flagline to nowhere

A flagline to nowhere

The moon last night...huge and beautiful.

The moon last night…huge and beautiful.

The berms under a winter moon

The berm under a winter moon

The Green House - home sweet home...really looks like an Arctic Research Station! ...or Hoth.

The Green House – Looking like a real Arctic Research Station here! …just missing the Tauntauns.

Bundled up for picture taking

Bundled up for picture taking

I know for  a while again
the health of self-forgetfulness,
looking out at the sky through
a notch in the valley side,
the black woods wintry on
the hills, small clouds at sunset
passing across. And I know
that this is one of the thresholds
between Earth and Heaven
from which even I may step
forth from my self and be free.
– Wendell Berry


Filed under Arctic, Greenland, Summit Station, Winter

2 responses to “Cold Snap!

  1. Ooooh – thank you for this! I had to Google the poem to trace it to Wendell Berry, who I keep rediscovering and promise, yet again, not to forget. Such gorgeous, evocative pictures…

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