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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Jon and I survived the 2 day trip to our northern Quebec field site near Schefferville.
This morning we left the McGill sub-arctic field station in almost all the clothes we brought, and my feet were still cold by 9:30am.

What can we say, there was a lot of snow.  The upside is that there are no bugs.


  1. In the bleak midwinter...that is a lot of snow given we are 11 days from the summer solstice!

    How many climate chambers are free of snow?
    Are they damaged?

    I hope you are free of frost bite.

  2. Those pictures showed some of the worst of it, actually. I'd guess about 1/4 of the plots were completely snow-free, about 1/3 were completely buried (especially the ambient plots), and the rest were somewhere in between. I'm not sure if the chambers actually sped up the melting process or not, given that they were often surrounded by snow, meaning there was little light going through the walls to warm up. Nevertheless, in most cases, I'd say the chambers were more likely to be snow-free before the ambient plots.

    So far, no frost-bite, thanks to lots of moving around, layers, gloves, and even a bit of sunshine now and then :D