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Dr. Rhett Herman
rherman@radford.edu
Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Geology
Director, Radford University Planetarium

Office: 135 Curie Hall
(540) 831-5441 (office phone)
(540) 831-5652 (department)
(540) 831-5732 (fax)
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PO Box 6983
Radford University
Radford, Virginia 24142

Barrow, Alaska, March 2, 2012
Location: 71.329°N latitude, 156.675°W longitude, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle

This was taken when the temperature was "only"40 below with the whind chill. But it was a picture that just had to be done. We had just gotten the punchline research data, and we were feeling like we could handle it!

 
Barrow, Alaska, March 9, 2012
Location: 71.329°N latitude, 156.675°W longitude, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle

The second week was brutal. It was 60 below zero for this photo. It was so cold that equipment pieces shattered, frostbite was ever-present, and equipment and people were just failing all over. But we finally got the data that we needed to finish off this trip, and we were in the mood to celebrate.


Point Barrow, Alaska, July 15, 2011.

It's cold in Barrow, even in mid-July, especially at Point Barrow with the 20mph wind whipping off of the Arctic Ocean (seen in the background). The wind chill made it feel like 10°F below zero.


Physics major Jared Palmer is operating the GPR control console while I drag the 500MHz antenna setup behind me.

Barrow, Alaska in March 2010. Who needs Cancun??
71.3 degree north latitude, 20 degrees F below zero, ocean right behind us, wind chill non-existent--it just doesn't get any better than this! This was taken March 12, during the second week of our two-week research trip.


(l-r) Dr. Rhett Herman, Laura Sweat, Jason McLarty, Susan Christopher, Mythianne Shelton, Jonathan Haines, Jeremy McLaughlin. Photo by Jeremy M. McLaughlin, March 12, 2010.

There was so much work to get done this year that we actually were there for 2 weeks. Five people stayed for the whole two weeks. Must have been gluttons for punishment. This picture was taken March 5, when the temperature was 20 below zero, but the wind chill put the temperature at worse than 30 below zero!


(l-r) Dr. Rhett Herman, Susan Christopher, Biyuan Zhao, Laura Sweat, Jason McLarty, Ashley Taylor, Gaven Burnett, Dan Blake, Jeremy McLaughlin. Photo by Jeremy M. McLaughlin, March 5, 2010.
Spring break research trip to Barrow, Alaska, 2008.
You can read some things about the trip here http://www.radford.edu/NewsPub/March08/0313barrowtrip.html
here http://www.radford.edu/NewsPub/March08/0317alaskapics.html
and here http://www.radford.edu/NewsPub/March08/0304polar.html.