Mayewski Talks to NPR About Cold Snap, Weather in Antarctica

Paul Mayewski, a professor and director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, spoke to NPR for a segment titled “Can’t stand the cold snap? Don’t go to Antarctica.” Mayewski was interviewed by phone from Kennedy Airport where he was on his way to Antarctica to study ice cores, columns of frozen water that researchers use to determine what the climate used to be like. He said the coldest place he has been was the interior of East Antarctica where daily temperatures were about -55 C (-67 F) without the windchill. Mayewski added if you wear plenty of layers, keep all skin covered and try to move around as much as possible, being out in the cold can be enjoyable.