Winter this close to the North Pole is cold and long, in this period everything is frozen solid, the ice in North Star Bay will be around 7 feet thick and will not disappear until late June.
During the winter month everything is idle, nothing happens, its to cold, but if there is no wind and the moon is up, it is nice to go for a walk, the air is very clean up here.
Most of our snow comes secondhand, it is blown of the icecap by phases (high velocity winds), and after a phase, were no one is permitted outside, the snow on the ground can be 6 feet thick and hard as concrete
Because of its northern location, Thule experiences constant darkness from November until February and constant sunlight from May to August.
Average winter temperature range from 25 to 29 degrees Celsius below zero, with 65 degrees below zero being the lowest recorded reading.
Summer temperatures normally range from 0 to 7 degrees with the highest recorded reading being 20 degrees.
During the winter months, snow storms is normal in the Thule area, occurring in three degrees of severity.
- Storm One
- is declared when winds reach 20 to 30 knots and visibility is reduced to half a mile.
- Storm Two
- is declared when winds increase to 30 to 50 knots and visibility decreases to a quarter mile.
- Storm Three
- Winds exceed 50 knots and visibility is less than a quarter mile.
During a Storm Three in March 1972, a wind velocity of 207 miles per hour was recorded.
During the storm in 1996 the peak wind on base was 124 knots and off base 193 knots, so you might imagine how hard the snow had become.