Antarctica is a continent of climate extremes. During summer sunny days with comparatively high
inflow of solar radiation are common but most of the radiation (75-80%) is reflected by snow and ice.Thus the total amount of the
received solar heat is 4-5 times less than at the same latitude in the northern hemisphere. The World's absolute minimum
temperature of -89.2°C was recoded at the Russian Vostok Station on 21st July 1983. Cold air from the central plateau of the
continent settles down to warmer coastal areas. These katabatic winds become stronger towards the coast and are often intensified
by channels in the landscape. They can speed up to 85 meter per second.
The Schirmacher Oasis - the location of our guesthouse- is characterized by the absence of an continuous ice-cover not only
during the austral summer but also during winter. The dark rocks absorb the solar radiation and during a sunny summer day
temperatures often rise above freezing. Its mild temperatures and wind-sheltered location make the Oasis an excellent area for
outdoor activities. However like anywhere in Antarctica the weather can change quickly and blizzards with freezing temperatures
On the Polar Plateau the weather is determined by a predominant anticyclone air mass regime resulting in clearer days and mostly
lighter winds. Temperatures range between -14 and -82 degrees Celsius but even in summer temperatures can drop below -50°C.
Vigorous storm are created by temperature invasion on the plateau.
TAC in Antarctica - FAQ
How to get there? Where to live? What to wear? What to expect? Here you can find
the answers to common questions concerning our Antarctic programs.