Paleontology field-research requires hard and laboring work, but this year’s field season was particularly hot along the shore of the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy.
The truck arrived on Friday August 9th. The gear was loaded and the crew was ready to go. A tightly secured tarp was used to keep the supplies dry from the forecast rain. This was a fortunate decision because there there was a torrential rainstorm in Parrsboro that Friday night that left nearly 80 mm of rain.
The weather during the rest of the field work was generally sunny. Some days it was soaring hot. When the breeze stopped, the Bay was calm and reflective as a mirror, and on these hot days there was no escape from the heat of the blaring sun. Even under the tarps the temperature soared. A darker tarp would likely have provided a more cooling shade.
Second only to water, shade was a treasured resource.
The one major weather challenge was the tropical storm when moving equipment into Parrsboro during the start of the dig. Although there were a couple of days when an intense wind that played havoc with the tarps and blasted beach sand into our faces; in general, the 2013 Bay of Fundy Dinosaur Dig had very good weather.