South Pole Reaches Its Highest Temperature Ever Recorded

by John Johnston on 12/30/2011

in Earth

South Pole Station - Antarctica

The South Pole in Antarctica has reached its highest temperature ever recorded, on 25 December 2011. The South Pole Meteorology Office noted that, “The temperature topped out at -12.3C/+9.9F”.

The previous record high temperature of -13.6°C/+7.5F was recorded on 27 December 1978.

Also in Antarctica, University of Wisconsin Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at Nico and Henry AWS sites observed record warm temperatures, although the observations are preliminary and need to be officially reviewed.

Although the temperatures recorded don’t exactly seem like a heat wave to all of us living in most of the rest of the world, it is for Antarctica. The Antarctic Sun points out that the average annual temperature at the South Pole is about -49.4C/-56.9F . Even in the Antarctic summer, from late October to early February, the average is around -32C/-26F. Brrrrr!

Still, it’s got to be of concern in relation to global warming, considering all the other record breaking temperatures registered around the world in recent years.

Via Space Science & Engineering Center
Image CC licensed by Alan Light: South Pole Station, Antarctica

  • Really Preposterous

    So will you also mention the fact that NASA has discovered that there were new record lows occurring in the last several years?

  • http://www.the9billion.com/ John Johnston

    Around the world, there are now far more record highs than record lows. That’s how it works, it’s not linear. There will still be some record lows, for a while…

  • Really Preposterous

    Wow… the attached reference to the ‘lake’ at the North Pole… not mentioning that the shallow surface melt was re-frozen in a couple of days and that the ice extent is 50% greater this year than last…

    So if you are a scientist or play one on TV, what are the falsifications of AGW? Every hypothesis has to have a falsification envelope or it’s a faith-based initiative. The mid-tropic/mid-tropo mechanism is a complete bust, but you still believe.

    The GCM models haven’t been able to hindcast then forecast with the same setting, and they haven’t been able to catch a single majr or minor climatic feature in decades… but you still believe.

    The models and the hypothesis don’t take clouds into account… and Svensmark is getting more validation every season of observation… but you still believe.

    The IPCC has been forced to back off on the sensitivity coefficient to the point that the models are seriously badly constructed… but you stil believe.

    The Argo data is showing cooling in the Pacific basin… in concert with the PDO – and the GCM’s don’t incorporate PDO or AMO… and you still believe.

    So where is the scientific background for your careful coupon-clipping of factoids to show that the reason for the sacrifices to your god GAIA are the right thing to do for the rest of the world?

    The real test of science is its ability to predict and explain forces that are OUT of man’s control. You can’t explain why the driest air on earth has not warmed (yes, I’m excluding Steig’s efforts to create warming with statistical hijinks) when CO2 is mostly overwhelmed by water vapor? IS this anecdotal effort about warm record at the SP supposed to show that?

    You are not only not scientific, you are becoming a sad reminder that there is a need to believe in all people and that some people believe in things that aren’t testable.

    Talk to a Mormon missionary, even their belief in God has a test… you, not so much.

  • http://www.the9billion.com/ John Johnston

    If you are going to mount a scientific argument against an overwhelming scientific consensus on global warming, perhaps you should add a shred of credibility by leaving some links to peer reviewed material, and not post anonymously.



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