The weather rarely achieves fame, yet occasionally it sways the course of History, perhaps no more so than the Russian winter of 1942-43. At this time, during the siege of
I apologise for the history lesson but I find it useful to appreciate the scale of the temperature I will have to face on the Antarctic continent. During the summer, at McMurdo base, near the edge of the continent, the temperature varies between -4C and -10C. As one proceeds inland, up onto the polar plateau, the temperature steadily drops to a somewhat chilly -30C to -40C at the South Pole. These are average temperatures, if you factor in the odd blizzard, of which there are many, and the accompanying wind chill then it gets a little more interesting.
So knowing that I will soon be spending 60 days in a climate comparable to a famous Russian winter is, well, making me a little apprehensiveâ€¦which is probably a good thing to be honest as I doubt there is any room for complacency on this trip!
For a quick look at the weather at the South Pole pop over to here.