The Windiest Place in the World
from the book, "Petrified Lightning"

Book: 
Petrified Lightning

The
Windiest Place in the World

As every schoolchild knows, Antarctica is the coldest continent in the world. However, this frozen landmass
boasts another claim to fame.

Commonwealth Bay,
at George V Coast just south of Australia, has been named by scientists as the windiest place
in the world, the “Home of the Blizzard.” Here masses of dense cold air from
high on the Antarctic Plateau slide downhill toward the coast. The shape of the
land tends to funnel and therefore concentrate the winds so that they often
accelerate to speeds of over 200 miles per hour. These are hurricane speeds.
And make no bones about it, this wind is cold. In fact the chill factor defies
the imagination, making tourist trips to Adelie Land quite infrequent.