Because there are no other landmasses, the continent can experience a lot of wind. Shutterstock.

Antarctica Is Also Extremely Windy

Polar regions, such as Alaska, Greenland, and northern parts of Canada, are notoriously windy, with wind speeds that can exceed 100 miles per hour. Antarctica, in addition to having the coldest temperature recorded and driest location on earth, holds no exception to high polar winds.

In fact, winds on the southernmost continent have been known to reach 200 miles per hour. That wind speed equal to a category five hurricane! Human-made instruments are unable to cope with wind speeds that are that extreme so that the highest wind speeds could be over 200 miles per hour.