March 18, 1912: The wind at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard–

“The climate proved to be little more than one continuous blizzard the year round; a hurricane of wind roaring for weeks altogether, pausing for breath only at odd hours.  Such pauses–lulls of a singular nature–were a welcome relief to the dreary monotony, and on such occasions the auditory sense was strangely affected.  The contrast was so severe when the racking gusts of an abating wind suddenly gave way to intense, eerie silence that the habitual droning of may weeks would still reverberate in the ears.  At night one would involuntarily wake up if the wind died away and be loth to sleep “for the hunger of a sound.”  In the open air the stillness conveyed to the brain an impression of audibility, interpreted as a vibratory murmur.”

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