ANTARCTIC RESEARCH SERIES, VOL. 61, PP. 1-21, 1993
Monthly mean climatic data for Antarctic automatic weather stations
Automatic weather station (AWS) units were installed at remote locations in Antarctica to supplement the few research stations
making meteorological observations. Most AWS units were positioned in data sparse regions in support of field experiments.
Monthly means and extremes for air pressure, air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction for the AWS sites are available
in tabular form. Since data collection in such a hostile environment is difficult, possible errors and/or problems are discussed.
Some analysis of the longer-term climatic record is included for specific AWS sites representing different climatic regimes.
The data will show that research stations located in protected areas along the coast of Antarctica do not represent the meteorology
of the interior of Antarctica. Comparisons made between the automatic weather stations and research stations show that the
automatic weather stations do as well as the research stations in measuring air pressure and air temperature.
Citation: Stearns, C. R.,