Saturday, 15 July 2017

Antarctic Peinsula is the site of the highest recorded temperatures on the Antarctic continent

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the areas on the planet with the most warming

Record-Breaking Temperature Reported near Larsen C


Several hundred kilometers away from Larsen C is the site of the highest recorded temperatures on the Antarctic continent. On 24 March 2015, temperatures at Esperanza station at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula soared to a rather pleasant 17.5°C (that’s 63.5°F).
Temperature extremes in the Antarctic are important to evaluate and document in the face of changing regional and global climate,” scientists involved with verifying this temperature extreme wrote in Eos.


Although this record temperature isn’t directly related to the giant iceberg that just broke off Larsen C and although calving events are part of the normal life cycle of ice shelves, extreme dynamics on Antarctica provide context for overall trends. 

They highlight “the need to continually monitor all of the Antarctic region to ensure that we have the best possible data for climate change analysis at both the regional and global scales,” researchers noted.

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