6. Weather Center

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth. Almost entirely covered in ice, the continent reflects most of the sun’s light and heat rather than absorbing it. To learn more about current weather conditions, click on the links to some of the research stations around Antarctica.

What (not) to wear: What people wear and how they get around has changed so much since Antarctica’s ‘heroic age’ of the early 1900s. Technology has made a huge difference. Compared to the days of Shackleton and Scott modern fabrics and new designs make it much easier to cope with Antarctica’s extreme cold and wind.
Can you dress an Antarctic Scientist in the correct order?

Visit Discovering Antarctica – and get him ready for work in the extreme cold.

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Weather forecast:

South Pole

Facts
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded was -129°F (-89.2°C) in July 1983, at the Russian station Vostok, inland of Australia's Casey station.
  • Dome Argus is nearly 600 meters higher in elevation than Vostok it's is very possible that even colder temperatures will be recorded there!
  • The warmest temperature ever recorded was in 1974 at the Vanda Station—a balmy +59°F (+15°C)!
  • Because it's so cold in Antarctica, it rarely ever rains. It doesn't snow much either. In fact, the South Pole gets less than 2 inches of precipitation each year.
  • Antarctica gets 6 months of 24/7 darkness followed by 6 months of 24/7 daylight.
Interesting Facts:
  • 1,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    the winter

  • Antarctica
    is the driest
    continent
    on Earth
    (less than 2 inches of rain per year)

  • 10,000
    number of
    eggs
    a female krill lays at one time

  • 70%
    of world's fresh water
    is
    frozen


  • the size, in inches, of the
    average
    krill

  • Winter
    temperature
    can
    drop
    as low as
    -20F

  • If
    Antarctica
    melted,
    the sea level could rise
    200 feet
    worldwide

  • There
    are no native land
    mammals
    in
    Antarctica

  • Summer
    has
    only
    reached
    maximum of 58F

  • 0
    number of
    govern-
    ments

    that rule Antarctica

  • 29
    number of
    nations
    that send scientists to conduct experiments in Antarctica

  • 90%
    the world's
    ice
    is in Antarctica

  • Krill can go for up to

    200

    days

    without eating

  • 10
    number of years krill can
    live

  • Antarctica is
    1.5 times the size
    of the
    United States

  • 2
    inches
    of precipitation fall in Antarctica
    each year
    on average

  • 4,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    summer

  • 47
    number of
    countries
    who have signed the Antarctic Treaty

  • 98%
    of Antarctica is covered by fresh water ice

  • 0

    Number of

    permanent

    residents

    in Antarctica

  • 10

    Number of

    human babies

    born in Antarctica

  • Krill is more than
    twice
    the total weight of all humans
    on earth

  • 2,000,000
    estimated
    tons of krill
    in a swarm