Friday, 6 April 2012

Spring in Lapland

Spring in Lapland — that means daytime temperatures often above freezing, nighttime temperatures solidly below, and very bright and sunny days. The temperature cycle leads to the top snow layer becoming very hard, and then it is possible to ski just anywhere, an opportunity enjoyed by many here. Also, this is the peak time for snowmobiling, either for a fast dash across frozen lakes and rivers, or long-distance travelling from cabin to cabin.

The photo above was taken a week ago some way up the fell of Saana, about which we reported already last summer. The view is to the north-west, towards the mountains of Norway. Somewhere in this direction, some 90 km away, there's the EISCAT Tromsø site, with its UHF and VHF incoherent scatter radars. Pointing in this direction, at this location on Finnish territory closest to the VHF radar, the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) build the KAIRA facility (Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array). If you click on the photo above and zoom in, you will find KAIRA just off to the right from the centre of the image.

With this Friday-photo we wish all of you a very good weekend, and a Happy Easter!

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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