Blizzard and Drift

Lat. 76deg 0′ S, Long. 41deg 04′ W.

“A real howling blizzard, the worst kind we have had so far. As usual it takes the form of particles of drift snow being whirled along in a suspension by the wind. The drift half-blinds one and one cannot see more than a few yards. Still there is always a certain amount of outside work to be done and that cannot be neglected, however inclement the weather.

“We wonder where we are drifting today with all this wind, for our drift is almost entirely due to the effect of the wind on the floe and depends for its direction on the direction of the wind. This wind ought to blow us to the southward, which is opposite to the direction we would go by choice, but it may have the advantage of removing us from the proximity of the great stranded berg that we were so uncomfortably close to on Sunday the 18th.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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