The South Pole has not experienced an above zero temperature since January 13, 2002. Can you imagine? Never having temperatures above zero? You’d always have to say “it’s negative thirty” or “it’s thirty below zero.” You’d think they would have to say those phrases so much that they would just say the number and not bother with the “negative” or “below zero” part. So when someone says, “it’s forty degrees outside,” they actually mean negative forty.
Here’s the highest temperatures per year at the South Pole (Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica):
- 2008: -6
- 2007: -1
- 2006: -3
- 2005: -1
- 2004: -5*
- 2003: -4**
- 2002: 3
* Wunderground.com actually reports 24 degrees, but that’s an anamoly. There was a misreading on the gauge. Someone was breathing on it, or something.
** Wunderground.com reported 33 degrees for just one hour, but again, someone’s breathing on the gauge.
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