Polar Winter Duration
Date: Polar Winter Duration
What is polar winter?
About a "polar winter..." Astronomically, it is the same length as
winter anywhere else...3 months. But in a climate sense, it depends on
how you define "winter." If we use a definition of a region where the
average daily temperature is not above freezing, (where vegetation cannot
grow) then there are several areas near both the north and south poles
that would qualify for "continuous winter." Other things can affect the
length of a winter period also, besides the distance from the poles.
These might be elevation, and exposure, or how much sunshine an area receives.
So there is no simple answer to you question, Courtney. It is a good
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