The weather has been a little topsy-turvy this past week and a half. It started to warm up (for Antarctic standards) toward the end of the week last week, and by the weekend it was up to 15ºF, perfect weather for my first run outside (during which I realized that I am not in as good a shape as I thought I was… though I’m going to make the argument that I am in great shape, and my struggling through the ~3.5 miles running around the station resulted from the combination of cold temperatures, unnaturally fresh and clean air, 3 inches of snow over the 2 inches of ice from the winter, and penguins… yes, penguins. They are distracting when you’re looking for them around every corner you turn). Just as I was wrapping up my first outdoor run since 11th grade, however, the weather decided to turn. It got a little windier, it started precipitating ice everywhere, and, well… to make this story short: We went into Con2 again (if you’ve already forgotten what that means, refer to my previous post regarding weather conditions. And for a while, it looked like the weather would turn to Condition 1, but it never quite made it there… at least not for us folk in town (the road to the “airfield” and all of the camps on the ice were definitely at Con1 for part of the day). I took the opportunity to capture some views of Con2 around the lab, and illustrate for you guys the difference between Con2 and Con3. I hope you appreciate that I stood outside in -40ºF windchill weather just for you guys! Enjoy!