Go. Storms Closing In (+0 Miles)
Disappointment! It's Down Day #3 in Carroll County, Tennessee. The barometer is falling and the radar shows storms closing in. But it's warmer in Tennessee than it was when they left Kentucky. Today let's think about that 111.5-mile flight and the effects of cold temperatures on the cranes. Pilot Brooke describes it:
"...But the birds love the cold air and therefore so do I. Their lungs crave its oxygen-rich exuberance, and their wings love to beat down upon its invisible, thick caress. Their skinny little legs however, are another story. So first one bird, then another, and another, activate the ’Gear Up’ lever and their legs fold up into the warm down of their body." Imagine that!
next day's flight was cold, too. Pilot Joe wrote: "The higher
we climbed the lower the temperature dropped. At 17.4 degrees
and a 38-mile-per-hour wind-chill for three hours it’s
impossible to stay warm. Each of us has our own tactics, from
heated hand grips to hot packs taped to boots, but they only
serve to prevent frostbite, and do little for personal comfort."