Weather

19 March 2013

SOUTH POLE ANTARCTICA WEATHER



Weather from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


March 9th - 15th, 2013, South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Temperature:
Average temp... -46.3°C / -51.4°F
Maximum temp... -35.8°C / -32.4°F on day 10
Minimum temp... -57.1°C / -70.8°F on day 15

 

Wind:
Average wind speed.......... 12.2 mph or 10.6 knots
Prevailing wind direction... Grid East
Maximum wind speed.......... 31 mph or 27 knots on day 9 and 15
Maximum wind direction...... Grid Northwest and Southeast
Average vectored wind....... 051 degrees at 4.3 knots

 

Station Pressure:
Average pressure... 683.6 mb
Highest pressure... 686.7 mb on day 11 and 12
Lowest pressure.... 678.8 mb on day 15

 

Physio-altitude:
Average physio-alt = 10493 ft/ 3198 m
Highest physio-alt = 10674 ft/ 3253 m on day 15
Lowest physio-alt= 10377 ft/ 3163 m on day 11 and 12

 

Sky Cover:
Average cloud cover (8ths)... 6
Days clear................... 0
Days partly cloudy........... 5
Days cloudy.................. 2

 

Sunshine:
Sunset on 22 March 2013
Average hours per day... 8.7
Percent of possible..... 36

 

Visibility:
0 days with visibility of 1/4 mile or less.

 

Balloon flight data:
Number of soundings for the week..... 7
Average height of soundings.......... 21.8 mb, or 25760 meters
Highest sounding..................... 17.7 mb, or 26966 meterson day 11/00Z flight
0 soundings were missed.

 

**RECORDS**
Day 9: The peak wind speed of 27 knots/31 mph broke the previous record of 26 knots/30 mph set in 2010.
Day 10: The temperature of -35.8°C/-32.4°F tied the previous maximum temperature record set in 2010.
Day 15: The peak wind speed of 27 knots/31 mph broke the previous record of 25 knots/29 mph set in 2004.



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