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Place-name of the Month - Sept/Oct 2013
Following the “Great Storm” of 2013, this Place-name of the Month highlights many of the stormy-sounding names in the Antarctic (see map), such as Blow-me-down Bluff, Gale Ridge, Whirlwind Inlet and Thunder Glacier (detailed below). Although windspeeds in the UK during the storm reached up to 99 mph (on the Isle of Wight on 28 October 2013), the highest wind speed recorded in Antarctica was double that, at 199 mph (Dumont d’Urville station in July 1972)!
Thunder Glacier (64° 50′ 27″ S, 63° 23′ 06″ W) is located between Wall Range and Fief Mountains, Wiencke Island, Palmer Archipelago. It extends east-west through the island from Gerlache Strait to Peltier Channel and was first surveyed by FIDS from Port Lockroy in September-October 1944. It was actually named because the survey party was almost overwhelmed by an avalanche in its vicinity, as opposed to due to a thunder storm.