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Geographic South Pole Panorama on a Windy Day

Right now we have the typical spring storms blowing through. They bring 20 – 30 knot winds and warmer temperatures. It has to get worse before it gets better.

Two days ago I stopped at the Pole on my way to work. I thought I should try to take some shots for a panorama in these conditions. I knew it would be challenging to stitch the pictures together, since everything around is pretty much white. Sure enough, I had to go through a mostly manual process and the result is not perfect, but I think it is good enough to post it here.

Conditions can get a lot worse than this. Sometimes the visibility is down to a few meters. A panorama in whiteout conditions like that would just look like the inside of a ping pong ball.

Please click on the image below to view the panorama:
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Temperature: -46.5°C / -51.7°F, Windchill: -68.9°C / -91.9°F, Wind: NNE (13.0°) at 20.0 knt
Date: 2007-10-10 14:03:43 NZDT

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