Penguins, Albatrosses, Petrels: The Winged Wildlife of South Georgia

South Georgia’s location south of the Antarctic Convergence gives the island more of an Antarctic climate than other terrain of the same latitude. The South Georgia climate is characterised by cold, cloudy, wet, and windy conditions with highly variable weather. The southwest coast and the mountains take most of the extreme weather, while the northeast side is milder and drier. The northeast is noted for sudden strong winds that can prove hazardous for small vessels. These winds can be foehn winds that reach up to 100 km per hour (62 miles) off the mountains and come with rapid rises in temperature.

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