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The 2013 Scott Expedition
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:43:05 AM »
The 2013 Scott Expedition has begun:

Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere are setting out to honour Scott’s legacy by becoming the first to retrace and complete Scott’s original, perilous Terra Nova expedition.

The Scott Expedition is a 1,800-mile (2,900km), four-month unsupported return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot following Scott’s exact route. Equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons, the team will face temperatures as low as -50 °C and will haul sledge loads of up to 200kg each.

Unlike the Catlin expeditions for example, it doesn't sound as though Ben and Tarka will be doing a whole lot of science. Anthony Goddard from Woods Hole is "Science lead", but I haven't located details of that science as yet.

« Last Edit: November 03, 2013, 12:29:06 PM by Jim Hunt »
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Re: The 2013 Scott Expedition
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 05:18:42 PM »
Jim…. I’ve done a little weather modeling for our intrepid explorers…follows

Today Nov. 7th @ 78.38.57S&168.30.58W tws(true wind speed) 11.9kts, twd(true wind direction) 219deg SP(surface pressure) 980.40
By 1815 utc, tws 15.8 kts twd 251

Fri…Nov 08 0015utc @78.45S&168.30W tws17.7 kts  twd255 SP971.59
Sat…Nov 09 0615utc @79.6S&168.3W  tws 6.1 kts  twd184 SP968.55

These are just the broad strokes for today through Sat Nov09. I’ve added a little movement South one hopes they would make.

Note… on Fri Nov 08…..17.7 kts is a lot of wind  to walk into at those temps. (not directly into, but still)

Although the surface pressure shows a steady decline, future modeling suggests no strengthened weather events approaching over the next 5 days.
Also, despite complex modeling, local winds may be expected to increase by 30% after dark.