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Spring storm with high winds at South Pole Station

A spring storm brought high winds to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in late September 2011

A spring storm brought high winds to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in late September 2011. Almost every peak and average wind record from Sept. 21 to 27 was broken, culminating on the last day with the all-time-strongest wind speed ever recorded at the South Pole: Peak wind speed was clocked at 58 miles-per-hour (mph), or 50 knots. The previous record of 55 mph (48 kts) was set on Aug. 24, 1989. [Note: Please see special restrictions regarding use of this image, below.] (Date image taken: September 2011; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 3, 2017)

Credit: Jens Dreyer; source: U.S. Antarctic Program photo library
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