Weather

23 September 2013

SOUTH POLE ANTARCTICA WEATHER


Weather from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


Sept 14 - 20, 2013, South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Temperature:
Average temp... -48.7°C / -55.6°F
Maximum temp... -30.3°C / -22.5°F on day 14
Minimum temp... -60.4°C / -76.7°F on day 17

 

Wind:
Average wind speed.......... 11.2 mph or 9.7 knots
Prevailing wind direction... Grid East
Maximum wind speed.......... 34 mph or 30 knots on day 14
Maximum wind direction...... Grid North
Average vectored wind....... 045 degrees at 8.1 knots

 

Station Pressure:
Average pressure... 689.7 mb
Highest pressure... 698.9 mb on day 20
Lowest pressure.... 683.9 mb on day 17

 

Physio-altitude:
Average physio-alt = 10264 ft/ 3128 m
Highest physio-alt = 10481 ft/ 3195 m on day 17
Lowest physio-alt  =  9923 ft/ 3025 m on day 20

 

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

 

Sunshine:
Sunrise occurred on 20 September 2013 at 1730 UTC.
Sun was obscured by clouds and mist.
Average hours per day... 0.2
Percent of possible..... 3.1

 

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.......... 60.4 mb, or 19888 meters
Highest sounding..................... 7.4 mb, or 30479 meters on day 20/00Z flight
0 soundings were missed.

 

**RECORDS**
Day 15: The temperature of -32.6°C/-26.7°F broke the previous maximum temperature record of -41.1°C/-42.0°F set in 1964.



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