Get the Current South Pole Weather Right Here

Up-to-the-minute weather forecast.

Every time I call my mom she asks me about the weather. So, I guess people are quite interested in that. Truth be told, I usually just make up a number. Most of the time I honestly don’t care. During the winter it is dark, cold, and maybe windy. Not much change. I have to go out to the telescope no matter what and there is really not much of a point in keeping up with the current weather.

Until this year the Antarctic Program had a forecaster sitting in McMurdo who would come up with a weather forecast for the next two days. Somehow this changed this year. The forecast is now made by some military person in one of the Carolinas. Initially it did have some entertainment value because it was mostly wrong. At some point most of us stopped caring and the forecast in the galley just read “Mostly dark, pretty cold, breezy” for most of the winter.

I added a little panel with the current South Pole weather to the sidebar on the right, for those of you who care. During the winter the Station meteorologists send out an observation report every six hours. The data doesn’t get any more current, no matter what other web sites make you believe. The observation frequency increases to once an hour during the summer (the flying season, to be exact).

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3 Responses to “Get the Current South Pole Weather Right Here”

  1. Sherry
    September 27th, 2007 07:30

    My goodness! I found your site by accident while surfing and I notice your temps are -116 degrees F? Now THAT is cold!! I just wanted to leave you a reply and tell you hello and that your site is really interesting. Have a nice day! :)

    Lynchburg, Virginia, USA

  2. b
    January 16th, 2008 03:17

    No offense but you might pay a little more attention to the weather before stating it was wrong…..that comes from a forecaster….usually people dont care as you say until its wrong so that is all they remember…….

  3. Paul Hix
    July 27th, 2008 18:19

    I’m so jealous. I guess I can live my life vicariously through the exploits of folks like you. Keep up the good work