Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

This is a polar meteorological observatory in Valkarkay. Quite recently its interiors were filmed for a Russian movie. People, occupied here, do an important job, because the Far Eastern weather is not about decisions whether one need to take an unmbrella or not. Sometimes the data of the observatory may save someone’s life in the severe region. 

Let’s check out how they work and forecast weather at Valkarkay.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

“Arctic is boundless, heat reserve is limited, do close the doors tightly”. This notification has been hanging here for more than four years and nobody remembers what wit left it.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Boiler-house of the observatory. The premise is hetead with wood brought from afar, as no trees grow in Chukotka.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The main room of the station for metrological measurements and observations. It’s never empty, someone always has to be here. One shift lasts six hours, three meteorologists replace each other. They also have a boss, a mechanic and a cook. 

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Boris, the head of the station, is holding a special spatula that serves for measuring outside.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Temperature charts are made daily and neatly put in their place.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Boris is telling about polar lights that happened just recently.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

A set of thermometers.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Yes, the furniture is old, but the equipment is quite modern.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The devices collect and transmit many indicatiors – range of visibility, cloud cover, soil temperature etc. Wrench serves as a pointer – very touching…

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

“How high are clouds today?”

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Two years with no Internet and communication is a tough deal. The guys entertain themselves by reading books.

Actually, satellite Internet is available at the station but it’s very expensive and they can’t use it for individual purposes.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Most of the books are from the Soviet time.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Antoine de Saint-Exupér.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Measuring is done not only with sensors and devices in the building of the station, but also with those located outside. This is a field with meteorological devices, the readings are recorded hourly. 

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

This device measures humidity according to the temperature difference of dry and wet thermometers. At -35C mercury freezes and measurements are done with alcohol thermometers.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

And this is a heliograph – the device for automatic registration of sunshine duration throughout the day. Sun rays are focused in the glass sphere and burn down the ribbon with a time scheme.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The team of the station Valkarkay. Dogs protect people from bears.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The data of the metereological station are transmitted via satellite to the HydroMetCenter of Chukotka.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

They have a radiostation to contact Valkarkay.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The general layout of the premise with equipment.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

There is a window in the room that helps to determine the range of visibility outside.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Everything of genius is simple: if they see a lighthouse, the visibility is 5 km, if they see only the searchlight tower – 650 m.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Different notes required for the case of storm.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

As workers spend much time here, they try to make the place cosy.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Cute, isn’t it?

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Logbook.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

Satellite maps.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

The result of the work of observatories and meteorological stations – hand drawn maps with precise meteorological data. It’s not only from Valkarkay but also from other stations of Chukotka and neighboring water zones.

Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting

“Storms”.

Many thanks to blogger sergeydolya for the photo report!

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7 thoughts on “Secrets of Polar Weather Forecasting”

  1. We must all be grateful to the brave souls living in this remote location to serve others. We can also learn from their lives. The way they make their office Cosy is very creative. Thanks for this Blog it made me happy to see this.

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