Windiest Place On Earth: Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica
Commonwealth Bay is no place for the faint of heart. Regarded as the windiest place on the planet, this is a wild location and a land of great extremes. Cold and remote, few visitors ever make it here. Those who do experience this Antarctic environment at its fiercest tend to regret it.
Discovered in 1912 when it became the headquarters of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 18 men spent two bleak years living in ramshackle wooden buildings here before the project was abandoned. Those buildings still remain, but their residents have long gone – this a harsh environment that is hostile to human life.
The average wind speed here is 50 miles per hour, although the raging gusts and gales often reach three times that figure. The storms are worst during the winter months and, although the resident penguins seem content enough, we don’t recommend Commonwealth Bay as a destination on your travel bucket list.
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