my trip to the Antarctica and the South Pole

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Originally uploaded by teenmachine.
Considering the temperature rarely gets above zero here, it's not exactly a revelation to say that it's cold at the South Pole. However, the other day, even people who have been coming here year after year saw their coldest temperatures when it got down to -110 F! That was the coldest temperature here in over eight years. Some winters, it doesn't even get to -100 at all. I didn't go outside in -110 because it happened over night, but I did the 5-10 minute walk to work in -105 the next morning. Usually, when it's really cold, there's hardly any wind, so it actually felt a lot warmer than most days when it's warmer and windy. By the afternoon, it had warmed up to a balmy -95F, and I had to do the coldest delivery of helium so far this season. Without the lack of wind-chill to save you, buzzing around on a snowmobile in -95F is definitely cold, but I think that somehow I've adapted, because it isn't nearly as painful as it was in the beginning of the season when the temps were above -70.

Hard to believe that someone who saw +100 temps on a regular basis during North Carolina summers has now experienced -110.



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