Bad weather was experienced, frequent blizzards making the advance difficult.
Davis, after landing the relief party and taking off all the others, waited for the return of Mawson as long as he dared, having in view the necessity of relieving Wild's party in Queen Mary Land, and the fact that every anchor on the ship had been lost in the fight with blizzards in Commonwealth Bay.
The north-west blizzards which occur in winter and spring are the most noticeable feature, and their influence is clearly felt on the Indian frontier.
There are in some winters occasional anti-cyclonic or high-area storms known as blizzards - wind-storms preceded or accompanied by snow-fall - which are very severe.
The intense cold which usually accompanies these sudden northern blizzards of Herat and Turkestan is a further source of danger.