July 28, 1912: Hurricane at Cape Evans

–from Tryggve Gran’s Diary, published as “The Norwegian with Scott”–

28 July.  A blizzard with hurricane-force winds blew up in the night.  Such vile weather I have never seen.  The wind gusted to 50 metres per second.  In these conditions our thoughts fly to our comrades north up the coast.  It must be hellish for them with such slender resources.  They have scant provisioins, and their clothes must be in shred by now.  Let’s hope they’ve been able to kill some seal; otherwise I fear the worst.  Tonight the weather has improved slghtly, but dark shredded clouds race each other low across a moonlit sky.”


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