Om Climate of Antarctica
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The climate of Antarctica is the coldest on the whole of Earth. Antarctica has the lowest naturally occurring temperature ever recorded on the ground on Earth: aE '89.2 A(deg)C (aE '128.6 A(deg)F) at Vostok Station. It is also extremely dry (technically a desert), averaging 166 mm (6.5 in) of precipitation per year. Even so, on most parts of the continent the snow rarely melts and is eventually compressed to become the glacial ice that makes up the ice sheet. Weather fronts rarely penetrate far into the continent. Most of Antarctica has an ice cap climate (Koeppen EF) with very cold, generally extremely dry weather throughout the year and no month averaging above 0 A(deg)C (32 A(deg)F). Some fringe coastal areas have a polar climate (Koeppen ET) with a short summer averaging above freezing, and much higher precipitation.