August 16, 1913: “The wind was in a fierce humour. . .”

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

“The wind was in a fierce humour on the morning of August 16, amounting to one hundred and five miles per hour between 9 and 10 a.m., and carrying with it a fierce drift.

“One thing we were certain, and that was that Adelie Land was the windiest place in the world. To state the fact more accurately: such wind-velocities as prevailed a sea-level in Adelie Land are known in other parts of the world only at great elevations in the atmosphere. The average wind-velocity for our first year proved to be approximately fifty miles per hour. The bare figures convey more when they are compared with the following average wind-velocities quoted from a book of reference: Europe, 10.3 mph; United States, 9.5 mph; Southern Asia 6.5 mph; West Indies 6.2 mph.”

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