Weather

16 September 2013

SOUTH POLE ANTARCTICA WEATHER


Weather from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


Sept 7 - 13, 2013, South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Temperature:
Average temp... -49.4°C / -56.9°F
Maximum temp... -29.6°C / -21.3°F on day 13
Minimum temp... -62.0°C / -79.6°F on day 7

 

Wind:
Average wind speed.......... 18.3 mph or 15.9 knots
Prevailing wind direction... Grid North
Maximum wind speed.......... 37 mph or 32 knots on day 12 and 13
Maximum wind direction...... Grid North
Average vectored wind....... 040 degrees at 13.4 knots

 

Station Pressure:
Average pressure... 679.4 mb
Highest pressure... 690.6 mb on day 13
Lowest pressure.... 667.8 mb on day 9

 

Physio-altitude:
Average physio-alt = 10651 ft/ 3246 m
Highest physio-alt = 11092 ft/ 3381 m on day 9
Lowest physio-alt  = 10231 ft/ 3118 m on day 13

 

Sky Cover:
Average cloud cover (8ths)... 4
Days clear................... 2
Days partly cloudy........... 3
Days cloudy.................. 2

 

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

 

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

 

Balloon flight data:
Number of soundings for the week..... 8
Average height of soundings.......... 91.2 mb, or 16498 meters
Highest sounding..................... 10.8 mb, or 27144 meters on day 12/00Z flight
0 soundings were missed.

 

**RECORDS**
Day 11: The temperature of -33.5°C/-28.3°F broke the previous maximum temperature record of -34.7°C/-30.5°F set in 2001.

Day 12: The temperature of -33.4°C/-28.1°F broke the previous maximum temperature record of -33.8°C/-28.8°F set in 2001.

Day 13: The temperature of -29.6°C/-21.3°F tied the previous maximum temperature set in 1983.



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