I've been hearing about the snow in the Midwest so I thought I'd make you all feel better about the amount you have to shovel.
All winter long, snow blows across the Antarctic continent, stopping only when it drifts against some obstacle. Unfortunately, the buildings at the Pole are major obstacles, so we end up having large drifts. One of the jobs here at the start of the summer season is moving all that snow.
Before any planes arrive, the winter-overs have to get the heavy machinery warmed up and then they need to clear off the runway so the first planes can land. They also clear away the drifts which have blown up against all the buildings.
Hopefully, this station can avoid the fate of the old station which, as I wrote earlier, is now buried under 20-30 feet on snow. Ian, one of the IceCube winterovers succeeded in getting a picture of the explosion which further buried the old station
If you'd like to learn more about Old Pole or other Antarctic details, the www.southpolestation.com website has more details about the Old Pole station and details of both Antarctic history and current goings-on!