The solar PV panels, sourced from German company Aleo Solar, have been built to withstand extreme weather conditions in the Antarctic, the coldest continent on earth, where katabatic wind
speeds can reach nearly 300 km/h and the average temperature ranges from -10 degrees Celsius to -60 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year.
On Wednesday they completed a 24km trek despite battling against katabatic wind
, huge energy sapping downslope gusts.
This flow, known as a "katabatic wind
", extends out a considerable distance from the Derwent River mouth, typically 10 to 20 kilometres.
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In 2004, three Finns died when they were struck by a piteraq, an infamous, ferocious katabatic wind
. Unable to pitch their tent, the group froze to death.
Another is the Bora, a strong east to northeast katabatic wind
most noticeable around the Trieste region in winter and spring, but also occuring along the length of the Adriatic coast.
This dense air flows down the glacier, creating what is known as a katabatic wind
. The Antarctic gusts are caused by such winds acting on a grand scale.
Howell, 1967: Katabatic winds
in the equatorial Andes.
These are known as katabatic winds
, as explained here.
In summer, katabatic winds
are weaker than in winter because of differences in how much heat can be lost from the source region and to local sea breezes.
We raised sails on our kayaks, which helped us take full advantage of every favourable weather window, especially on the longer passages between headlands and across wide open bays that were vulnerable to katabatic winds
that raced off the surrounding mountains.