July 1913: Adelie Land’s greatest blows

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“Almost a fortnight now elapsed, during which the weather was “impossible.” In fact, the wind was frightful throughout the whole month of July, surpassing all its previous records and wearing out our much-tried patience. All that one could do was to work on and try grimly to ignore it.

“On July 2nd it was thick as a wall outside and an eighty-five mile wind blowing; though almost entirely buried, the whole Hut trembled and the stove-pipe vibrated so that the two large melting pots on the stove rattled continuously. And so it commenced and continued for a day, subsiding slowly slowly through the seventies to the fifties and then suddenly redoubling in strength, rose to a climax at midnight on the 5th of one hundred and sixteen miles an hour!

“For eight hours it maintained an average of one hundred and seven miles an hour, and the timbers of the hut seemed to be jarred and wrenched as the wind throbbed its mightier gusts. These were the highest wind-velocities recorded during our two years residence in Adelie land and are probably the highest sustained velocities ever reported from a meteorological station.”

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