six months of daylight and six months of darkness. The
earth revolves around the sun and tilts on it's axis.
During the winter, Antarctica is tilted away from the
sun, causing it to be dark. For the half of the year
that is summer, Antarctica is facing the sun and
getting more of its direct rays.
The lowest temperature ever
recorded in Antarctica was -129ºF. The warmest
temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was 59ºF.
The average summer temperature is 20ºF. The
average winter temperature is -30ºF.
The highest wind speed ever in
Antarctica was when the wind was moving at five meters
per second. The wind is an important factor in making
Antarctica cold. The wind can lower the temperatures
of Antarctica by at least ten degrees.
The Antarctic is colder than the
North Pole because it warms up faster and it cools
down faster. Antarctica gets warmer faster than the
Arctic because the Ocean water carries heat from the
equator to the poles. The land of Antarctica heats up
faster than the waters of the Arctic.
To find out what the weather at
the South Pole is like right now,
click here to visit the Antarctic Connection