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Forecasting Antarctic Weather

By Scott Carpentier

A weather forecast is never a guarantee, but activities in the unforgiving Antarctic environment become much more risky without one.

Humans are poorly designed to survive the cold and harsh Antarctic environment. Many Antarctic tragedies occur through exposure to the elements, specifically low temperatures and high winds or, worse still, the combination of the two known as the wind chill factor. With high winds can come the associated loss of visibility and potential disorientation when snow is lifted above eye level during a blizzard.