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Antarctica: Cold, but wow, those clouds are pretty

Antarctica: Cold, but wow, those clouds are pretty
Photo By: Jeff Fogg

It's a long, long way from Issaquah for Jeffery Fogg -- and a good 95 or so degrees colder -- but this might at least make the trip a little worth it.

Fogg is currently working at the McMurdo Station on the Ross Island Shelf in Antarctica as a heavy equipment operator for Raytheon Polar Services.

He sent in these incredible photos of Nacreous Clouds, which are caused by icy conditions in the lower stratosphere.

Fogg is from Issaquah but says he'll be stationed down in Antarctica for six months. Sure, it's cold, but can't beat the view!

(At least, when it's clear. Check out this live web camera and weather station from McMurdo Station. Makes last December seem balmy!)

Here is the link to the top image there in full resolution

And here are three others he sent. Clicking on the photo will get you the higher resolution version.

By the way, if you want to see what it's like on the top side of the planet, here is a photo taken from the Arctic on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley)

The Healy has posted several photos from its journey to the Arctic. You can see their photo stream here