Sunday, August 15, 2010
The weather this past week has been horrible. Foggy and low-lying cloud almost all the time, and lots of rain.
This has been messing heavily with flights in and out of the community. There are backlogs of passengers who are getting stuck either in Resolute, as they had to overfly Arctic Bay and couldn't land, or who are sitting in Iqaluit as the weather just wasn't optimistic enough to even try, or who overflew again when trying to get in from Resolute.
One of them is a friend of mine who was coming up from Toronto to visit me for a week and see the arctic. She has been stuck in Resolute since Friday. The flight out to Arctic Bay from there today was full so she couldn't get out, but wouldn't have landed here in the end anyway as the weather was too bad. Tuesday is her next chance, all fingers (hers and mine) are crossed!
In better news, we had a third nurse arrive on a flight from Iqaluit yesterday that actually made it in. Yay! We had been short-staffed for a few days, since another nurse left (again, on one of the few flights that managed to sneak in and out between the clouds).
Travel in the arctic is very unpredictable. You can get stuck for days or even (shudder) weeks either in or out of a destination, and there is just not very much you can do about it.