January 1979 in northern Quebec

An unremarkable two-month winter contract at Storm Lake in January of 1979 turned into a disaster for the drilling company. The weather held, sunshine and blue sky prevailed, and everyone was happy, until

  • the temperature went down to -55F (-48C) and stayed there for the duration of the job.
  • freezing water lines couldn’t be prevented.
  • the DC-3 supplying the camp went through the ice.

There was plenty of lift in the cold, dense air, however, and camp food was excellent.

Needless to say, we were all happy to see the end of that one.

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