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Weather Extremes:::Driest: Arica, Chile

Weather Extremes:::Driest: Arica, Chile | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Yuma is dry, sure, but it's nothing compared to Arica. Chile's northernmost city gets an average of 0.76 millimetres of precipitation a year; that's about the thickness of a toenail, and 100 times less than what Yuma gets.

The coastal resort hub is in the same rain shadow that makes the surrounding Atacama Desert the second driest place on the planet, with some regions not receiving any rain in more than 500 years. But five centuries of drought is but a blip on the radar for Antarctica's snow- and-ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys, where unique meteorological conditions make rainfall practically impossible.

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Winter-time Arctic ice cover was fifth lowest on record: NASA - The Weather Network

Winter-time Arctic ice cover was fifth lowest on record: NASA - The Weather Network | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Below-average Arctic ice cover this winter follows record-breaking low summer ice levels in 2012.
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