Thursday, October 11, 2007

Condition 2

Today we woke up to condition 2 severe weather in Mactown. Condition 2 is declared when one or more of the following conditions are met:
  • Sustained wind speed 48 knots to 55 knots
  • Wind chill temperature -75°F (-60°C) to -100°F (-73°C)
  • Visibility 1/4 mile to 100 feet
In our case, there was a lot of blowing snow causing very limited visibility. Condition 2 is unpleasant to be out in, but it doesn't really affect us in the base. We can still go about our day to day business. I find the definition of Condition 2 rather telling--basically it says that wind up to 55MPH and wind chills up to (or rather down to) -75F are considered "normal". I've thrown in a few pictures to give you an idea of what a storm looks like when it is blowing in:

There are mountains out there...somewhere. And this is what it looks like with some mildly unpleasant weather in town:

It is still Condition 3 (normal) in the picture, but it wasn't too fun to be walking around in.

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