National Geographic : 1958 Apr
natural form, there is a unique kind of beauty to be found here. Now that I am back home in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D. C., the one question most often asked me is: "How cold was it down there?" Did the Pole Have a "Warm" Winter? Our -102.1° reading set a new official record for the coldest weather ever felt by man. Yet, strangely, we may have had a relatively warm winter at the Pole. During the first complete year of tempera ture readings, an odd lack of balance ap 476 peared. We know from the temperature deep in our snow mine that the average annual temperature at the Pole is very close to -60° F. The warmest day so far recorded stood at 5.5 above zero. Climatologists have found in some parts of the world that the lowest temperature of the year usually is as far below the average annual reading as the highest is above it-in this case, 65 degrees. That means we might have ex pected the coldest day of our year to have been between 120° and 130° below zero. Instead, we scarcely exceeded 100° below, once early in the winter and again just before the sun rose. A similar lack of balance has been noted previously in polar regions.