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Episode 10 - Antarctica : Weather and Survival

Podcast selfie - lockdown style! L-R Noel Fitzpatrick, John Law, Liz Walsh

Podcast selfie – lockdown style! L-R Noel Fitzpatrick, John Law, Liz Walsh

Guest: John Law

There are few places on Earth more challenging to live than the southernmost continent, Antarctica, the world’s highest, driest, windiest, and coldest continent. In this month’s episode of the Met Éireann Podcast, Liz and Noel speak to an Antarctic meteorologist about the challenges of working in one of the most extreme locations on the planet.

In March 2020, John Law returned from a 17-month stint in Antarctica working as a meteorologist for the British Antarctic Survey. In this interview, we hear all about his time in Antarctica, the unparalleled beauty and challenges of day-to-day life in one of the world’s most remote locations, as well as the severe conditions he has encountered. John discusses some of the unique difficulties in observing and forecasting the weather at the southern end of the planet, and the lessons he’s learned from living in isolation and how they’ve influenced how he approaches this social distancing reality we are all finding ourselves in. We also hear about some of the climate change research taking place in Antarctica, and the recent record-breaking warm spell which saw temperatures rising up to 18.3°C on the continent!

Field site visit in Antarctica. Credit: John Law

Field site visit in Antarctica. Credit: John Law

 

Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder. This instrument records sunshine hours and intensity. Credit John Law

 

John’s Antarctic selfie!

John has posted more stunning pictures of Antarctica on his Instagram page, search johnlawwx.

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