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Atlas Obscura: Shedding Light on the Mysteries of Antarctica’s Long, Dark Winter

A friend of mine just went to Antarctica to do field work on a set of weather stations down there that have to survive incredibly harsh conditions. It is now spring there and many scientists are headed that way to do their summer research. He is already finding that some of the stations received much more snow than expected in the past year and that they will have to be moved upward to keep their sensors at a reasonable distance above the surface. I was interested to find this article from Atlas Obscura about the research that is done over the winter months in Antarctica and what it is telling us about the climate down there. You can read the article at https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/when-is-winter-in-antarctica.

The night sky in June 2016, over McMurdo Station. JOSHUA SWANSON/NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION