Thursday, January 3, 2008

Antarctic convergence

Today we have passed the Antarctic convergence, where the waters of the southern Indian Ocean meet the circum-Antarctic current. The net effect is a cooling of the water temperature (it is now below 4 degrees, down from 9 at the same time yesterday) with a corresponding drop in air temperature. The sea is also a bit calmer than before, which makes writing this post less of a sporting activity than it was yesterday.

Unfortunately the weather has also changed. Instead of blue skies with the odd cumulus cloud (which we - as good children at heart - had good fun seeing animals in) we now have monotonous grey all around, with a stiff but constant tail wind, and drizzle. I still fully intend to brave the outdoors while I can. I'm sure the polar equipment we have been issued with will keep me warm enough.

We have been making good speed, and are now at 55 degrees south. If all goes well, we should start to see ice tomorrow, maybe even tonight if we are lucky. As soon as we do, I'll let you know.

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