South Pole.

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Fri Oct 22 15:53:24 2004

On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 01:28:44PM -0700, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> John Allain wrote:
> > Hey, here's a semintelligent, if OT, question. What time zone is at
> > the South Pole?
> <>
> What time is it at the North and South Pole?
> Since lines of longitude converge at the North and South Pole, it's
> almost impossible (and very impractical) to determine which time zone
> you're in based on the longitude.

Yep... fanatical following of timezones would put different buildings
at Pole on different times - not practical at all.
> Therefore, researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the earth
> usually use the time zone associated with their research stations. For
> example, since nearly all flights to Antarctica and the South Pole are
> from New Zealand, New Zealand time is the most commonly used time zone
> in Antarctica.

Exactly. Both McMurdo and Pole keep NZ time (including daylight savings!)
The two stations represent well over 1,000 people in the summer (1,300?)
and several hundred in the winter, the lion's share of the people here.
The principal remains the same, even for Palmer Station (US) - no flights,
but the boats come from Punta Arenas, Chile; so they are on Chilean time
(and at one point, decades ago, were on Argentinian time when the boats
came from there).


Ethan Dicks, A-130-S      Current South Pole Weather at 22-Oct-2004 20:50 Z
South Pole Station
PSC 468 Box 400       Temp -53.7 F (-47.7 C)    Windchill    -69.2 F (-56.2 C)
APO AP 96598          Wind   2.9 kts Grid 055   Barometer 673.2 mb (10884. ft)
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