Weather

26 February 2013

SOUTH POLE ANTARCTICA WEATHER

Weekly Weather from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


Feb 16 - 22, 2013, South Pole Station, Antarctica

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

South Pole Temperature:
Average temp... -45.2°C / -49.4°F
Maximum temp... -35.1°C / -31.2°F on day 21
Minimum temp... -52.0°C / -61.6°F on day 19

 

 

South pole Wind:
Average wind speed.......... 11.6 mph or 10.1 knots
Prevailing wind direction... Grid East
Maximum wind speed.......... 31 mph or 27 knots on day 21
Maximum wind direction...... Grid Northwest
Average vectored wind....... 056 degrees at 5.6 knots

 

 

Station Pressure:
Average pressure... 682.5 mb
Highest pressure... 688.2 mb on day 20
Lowest pressure.... 676.2 mb on day 17

 

 

Physio-altitude:
Average physio-alt = 10534 ft/ 3211 m
Highest physio-alt = 10772 ft/ 3283 m on day 17
Lowest physio-alt= 10320 ft/ 3146 m on day 20

 

 

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

 

 

Sunshine:
Sunset on 22 March 2013
Average hours per day... 17.5
Percent of possible..... 73

 

 

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

 

Balloon flight data:
Number of soundings for the week..... 14
Average height of soundings.......... 20.7 mb, or 26520 meters
Highest sounding..................... 8.8 mb, or 32215 meterson day 21/00Z flight
0 soundings were missed.

 

 

**RECORDS**
February 19th: The temperature of -52.0°C/-61.6°F broke the previous minimum temperature record of -51.6°C/-60.9°F set in 1997.

 



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