The Winds Have Arrived
This morning we had an easy time of field work. We were doing our regular routine of work - snow pits and the variety of measurements we do in the pits, core samples, and ram penetrations. It was overcast with a low ceiling of clouds. By the afternoon, the winds had picked up to 38 km/hr on top of a temperature of -18C - felt like -32C. I think it felt colder with the wind. We were out helping Steve Mamet, graduate student of Dr. Kershaw, with his PhD work on the impact of climate change on subarctic forest and tundra tree species. Our work involved clipping the previous year's tree growth at 3 levels on the tree and from 3 directions on the tree. The wind made the gathering of samples very challenging as the wind kept trying to make the collection bags fly. We were only able to finish one site - 27 samples per team/81 samples total before we headed back to the field station. The wind and cold kept us from collecting at the other site - we'll save those for another day.