University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 29 at the Pole

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees

The auroras tell you it’s winter at the South Pole—you can’t see auroras there during the summer because the sun is out the whole time. But in winter, the folks who station at the South Pole get to witness these auroras in all their glory. And since it’s winter now, you can imagine that it’s also cold outside, however the weather statistics in the image below make the point clear—it wasn’t just cold but really cold at the Pole last week, falling below -100 °F. You know what that means? That’s right … time for a reconvening of the 300 Club. Seems odd, too, but as cold as it is outside, inside there are flowers in bloom.

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees
NSF/D. Larsen
NSF/D. Larsen
NSF/D. Larsen
NSF/D. Larsen