February 12, 2011

2011 Arctic Expedition – ALMOST 100 BELOW!

Well, folks, it finally happened.  That unseasonably warm weather Joe was having on the expedition while the rest of the U.S. was struggling through blizzards and record-breaking cold has come to an end. 

Earlier this week, Joe and the team got pinned down in a blizzard that blew in 14 inches of new snow!  Digging out camp once the weather has passed is quite a task!  As you can see from the photo below, everything literally gets buried.

After he spent a day digging out, Joe and the team were able to travel again. 

Today, Joe reports that the temperature is –58 F and there’s a 15 mph breeze.  The National Weather Service’s windchill chart doesn’t even address temperatures below –45 F…


…so I plugged the numbers into the equation they use:

T (windchill) = 35.75+0.6215*(T)-35.75*(V^0.16)+0.4275*(T)*(V^0.16)

where T=temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and V=wind speed in mph

So, if T= –58 and V=15, their temperature up there today is…

-94 F

Brrrrr!!  Not to worry though, it’s in the Alaskan malamutes’ genes to thrive in these kinds of conditions.  They’re all doing great!  And Joe is comfortable as well.

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And with that, I’m off to fix a hot cup of tea!  Winking smile

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  • http://kit-dogdaze.blogspot.com/ Kit

    Oh my! That’s just brutal to even think about!
    These are amazing photos of the expedition…the team is beautiful!

    PS. Hope you are feeling well!

    • Hi Kit! I know…it was -30 here in Two Rivers this morning when I woke up and I was whining to myself about it because we’ve been having such nice weather here lately. After Joe called in and reported his temperatures, I’m not feeling so sorry for myself! :)
  • http://dogblogemma.blogspot.com Emma Rose

    You are very brave. I would be in a serious panic if it got that cold here. I can’t even imagine being in that kind of weather!

  • http://thzkennels.com Tim McElravy

    HOLY COW!!! all I can say is wow…it was +40f at the end of our last run today…

  • http://piappies.blogspot.com/ Piappies World

    Hi there!

    Hope you are doing ok there. Coming from a tropical country, we can barely imagine how cold it is there really. We are glad that Joe and the expedition team are used to such conditions. We do hope that they will have a good and safe adventure this season.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  • Brian L. Brunner

    Had some hot spiced cider, got a blanket, still felt a chill thinking of all them !!! Have to ask, is the snow bump between the tent & sled handle a mal ?
    My 4 are belly up on their beds here, sissy’s ! L O L

    • Hi Brian! I believe that is a dog blanketed in snow between the tent and sled. Good eyes! :)
  • http://piappies.blogspot.com/ Piappies World

    Happy Hearts Day to you, Joe and the Artic Expedition team!

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  • http://e410.wordpress.com Just Run With It

    Oh my gosh, that is insane!!! Oh dear, I hope Joe and the team stays safe out there! Wow, the coldest I’ve ever experience was -20 and I could barely last 5 minutes outside! Go Joe!

  • http://sartenada.wordpress.com sartenada

    OMG. It seems that it is warm in Finland with our this morning -31.5 degrees ºC / -24.7 ºF.

    BTW, my newest post is showing world’s biggest SnowCastle.


    I wish warmer temperatures to You there!!

  • http://huskymadhelena.wordpress.com huskymadhelena

    Hello there I live in Northern Ireland,and this year was the coldest in along time,The temp was -24,and it stayed -15 for about 3weeks,but I got used to it,but I ask my self ,could I hack it in -94,the wind-chill would kill me,You are lucky to live and work in such a place.

    • Thank you! We feel lucky. Alaska is such a special place! :) Thanks for reading our blog and we hope you come back again!!
  • Clara Martínez-Lázaro

    Hey Andrea and Joe, and brave team!
    Hope it’s all well up there in the freeze. ;-)
    Hello from Spain, hope talk to you soon!
    love. Clara