Weather station reopens in Tikhaya Bay after 60 years
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Weather station reopens in Tikhaya Bay after 60 years

Meteorological observations have resumed after 60 years in Tikhaya Bay, where Russian Arctic National Park has a seasonal station, the park reported on its website.

The station in Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island of Franz Josef Land was very active in the first half of the 20th century. In 2013, volunteers working in the park restored several boxes of the weather station that had been idle since 1957.

"At that time, we were considering not only restoring the wooden boxes, but also installing weather observation equipment in them. This could fit in with the park's efforts to preserve the heritage of Franz Josef Land, and would also serve as an additional attraction for people who come to Tikhaya Bay on cruise ships during the tourist season," said Andrei Kunnikov, head of the park's Ecological Information Department and field team. "This summer these plans became a reality, thanks to the combined efforts of Russian Arctic National Park, Northern (Arctic) Federal University and the Northern Department of Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center."

Readings from seven weather instruments — indicating air temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, the type of clouds and the ice situation — are taken every three hours and entered into a special ledger.

The Tikhaya Bay polar station was open on Hooker Island from 1929 to 1957. Work to restore it as an open-air exposition of Russian Arctic National Park began in 2012.