Weather

15 July 2013

SOUTH POLE ANTARCTICA WEATHER


Weather from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


July 6 - 12, 2013, South Pole Station, Antarctica

Antarctic Connection posts weekly, monthly, and annual weather reports from the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica.  Check back regularly for the latest Antarctic weather summary.

Temperature:
Average temp... -52.0°C / -61.6°F
Maximum temp... -36.9°C / -34.4°F on day 8
Minimum temp... -66.9°C / -88.4°F on day 12

 

Wind:
Average wind speed.......... 15.5 mph or 13.4 knots
Prevailing wind direction... Grid North
Maximum wind speed.......... 40 mph or 35 knots on day 8
Maximum wind direction...... Grid Northeast
Average vectored wind....... 046 degrees at 12.3 knots

 

Station Pressure:
Average pressure... 681.2 mb
Highest pressure... 691.1 mb on day 7
Lowest pressure.... 666.9 mb on day 8

Physio-altitude:
Average physio-alt = 10583 ft/ 3226 m
Highest physio-alt = 11126 ft/ 3391 m on day 8
Lowest physio-alt= 10212 ft/ 3113 m on day 7

 

Sky Cover:
Average cloud cover (8ths)... 4
Days clear................... 0
Days partly cloudy........... 7
Days cloudy.................. 0

 

Sunshine:
Sunrise on 20 September 2013
Average hours per day... 0.0
Percent of possible..... 0

 

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

 

Balloon flight data:
Number of soundings for the week..... 7
Average height of soundings.......... 111.0 mb, or 14456 meters
Highest sounding..................... 37.5 mb, or 19960 meterson day 08/00Z flight
0 soundings were missed.

 

**RECORDS**
Day 8: The peak wind speed of 35 knots/40 mph broke the previous peak wind speed record of 33 knots/38 mph set in 1982.
Day 8: The average wind speed of 18.8 knots/21.6 mph broke the previous highest average wind speed record of 18.3 knots/21.1 mph set in 1981.


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