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View Poll Results: Rate the Climate - Esperanza Base, Antarctica
A 1 3.13%
B 0 0%
C 3 9.38%
D 13 40.63%
F 15 46.88%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-13-2011, 12:16 AM
 
Location: In transition
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Hey all,
How would you rate Esperanza Base, Antarctica on the Antarctic Peninsula?

Esperanza Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not sure what the sunshine hours are but they are probably very low.. I'm guessing around 1000 hours per annum perhaps even lower?

Record high is 15.9C
Record low is -32.6C
330 average frost days per annum


I rate it an F of course but I'm curious to know if anyone out there thinks this place is truly habitable.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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F, or F- if the sun total is as low as I suspect.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:42 AM
 
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I gave it a D-, because compared to the rest of Antarcica, it's a banana belt!
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Waterloo, ON
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Winterpeg and Edmonton are colder in the winter, but seriously, who would consider living anywhere in the Antarctic unless they get offered a really high-paying job over there (obviously with excellent health care coverage and completely free-of-cost monthly visit to the shrinks)? Okay, maybe if you cannot find a job anywhere else...
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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It's not desirable, but if it was either this or a place like Bangkok/Singapore, I would choose the former. D.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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F-.

I do not think this place is habitable. But winters are a little bit warmer than I expected and the average summers highs go a few degrees above freezing which was a bit surprising. It is still too cold though for every month of the year.

The most southern parts of Chile and Argentina are not that far away from that area of Antartica and actually have a sub polar oceanic weather climate. Some people don't realize there are areas at a low elevation that have a sub polar climate in South America.

Ushuaia Argentina has 63,000 people. Ushuaia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Punta Arenas Chile has 120,000 people. Punta Arenas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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It's not desirable, but if it was either this or a place like Bangkok/Singapore, I would choose the former. D.
That is interesting that you would pick one of the worst weather climates in the world(Antartica) over some of the best weather climates in the world(Bangkok/Singapore).
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: NC
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I'd like to visit, but not live there. Too remote.
D.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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That is interesting that you would pick one of the worst weather climates in the world(Antartica) over some of the best weather climates in the world(Bangkok/Singapore).
"Coldest" and "hottest", you mean.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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F, obviously. Probably the mildest place in Antarctica, though.

I've often wondered about the possibility of permanent human habitation of the Antarctic. They'd have an effectively infinite supply of fresh water (just melt some ice) and very strong winds could be harnessed with wind turbines to supply their energy needs.
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