North Pole a Desert
How dry is the North Pole? I understand it is
practically a desert in terms of precipitation - perhaps not now
with global warming, but in the early 1800s what would have been
its climate? I am a writer and I have a reason for asking about
climate in this region around 1810 - in fact a great deal of my
book hinges on it! I am praying that it is as dry a region as I've heard.
The term "desert" depends upon how you want to define the term. If,
by "desert", you mean lack of precipitation without regard to
temperature, Antarctica wins, and without having data in hand I
suspect that the Arctic (North Pole) is not far behind. If, by
"desert", you mean lack of precipitation AND high temperature, then
the Sahara, and in the U.S., Death Valley, take the honors. I doubt
that these orders have changed much in the last 100 to 200 years.
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Update: June 2012