Argentino Lake

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Argentino Lake / Lago Argentino
Lake Argentino northern arm Lago Argentino Brazo Norte Patagonia Argentina Luca Galuzzi 2005.JPG
Northern arm of the lake
Location Lago Argentino Department, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Coordinates 50°13′S 72°25′W / 50.217°S 72.417°W / -50.217; -72.417Coordinates: 50°13′S 72°25′W / 50.217°S 72.417°W / -50.217; -72.417
Primary outflows Santa Cruz River
Catchment area 17,000 km2 (6,600 sq mi)
Basin countries Argentina
Surface area 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi)
Average depth 150 m (490 ft)
Max. depth 500 m (1,600 ft)
Water volume 219.9 km3 (52.8 cu mi)
Surface elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Settlements El Calafate

Lago Argentino is a lake in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, at 50°2′S 72°4′W / 50.033°S 72.067°W / -50.033; -72.067. It is the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina, with a surface area of 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi) (maximum width: 20 mi (32 km)). It has an average depth of 150 m (492 ft), and a maximum depth of 500 m (1,640 ft).

The lake lies within the Los Glaciares National Park, in a landscape with numerous glaciers and is fed by the glacial meltwater of several rivers, the water from Lake Viedma brought by the La Leona River, and many mountain streams. Its drainage basin amounts to more than 17,000 km2 (6,564 sq mi). Waters from Lake Argentino flow into the Atlantic Ocean through the Santa Cruz River.

The glaciers, the nearby town of El Calafate and the lake itself are important tourist destinations. The lake in particular is appreciated for fishing. Perch, common galaxias, "puyen grande", lake trout and rainbow trout — in both anadromous and Potamodromous forms — are all found.

Lago Argentino was also the name of the airport that served the area until 2000. This airport is currently closed and its runway was incorporated into the city's road system. It has been replaced by Comandante Armando Tola International Airport which serves the town of El Calafate and Lago Argentino, with many daily national and international flights.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Lago Argentino Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.5
(86.9)
30.7
(87.3)
27.0
(80.6)
22.3
(72.1)
19.9
(67.8)
17.5
(63.5)
16.5
(61.7)
18.7
(65.7)
21.8
(71.2)
23.3
(73.9)
25.0
(77)
28.5
(83.3)
30.5
(86.9)
Average high °C (°F) 19.2
(66.6)
18.7
(65.7)
16.2
(61.2)
12.4
(54.3)
7.6
(45.7)
4.8
(40.6)
4.7
(40.5)
6.9
(44.4)
10.5
(50.9)
14.2
(57.6)
16.7
(62.1)
18.5
(65.3)
12.5
(54.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.4
(56.1)
13.1
(55.6)
10.7
(51.3)
7.6
(45.7)
3.9
(39)
1.5
(34.7)
1.2
(34.2)
2.6
(36.7)
5.3
(41.5)
8.5
(47.3)
11.2
(52.2)
12.8
(55)
7.7
(45.9)
Average low °C (°F) 7.8
(46)
7.5
(45.5)
5.2
(41.4)
2.8
(37)
−0.3
(31.5)
−2.4
(27.7)
−2.8
(27)
−1.5
(29.3)
0.1
(32.2)
2.7
(36.9)
5.0
(41)
6.6
(43.9)
2.6
(36.7)
Record low °C (°F) −0.2
(31.6)
0.4
(32.7)
−4.0
(24.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
−8.5
(16.7)
−11.5
(11.3)
−11.8
(10.8)
−12.0
(10.4)
−7.0
(19.4)
−4.4
(24.1)
−2.5
(27.5)
−2.6
(27.3)
−12.0
(10.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 5.9
(0.232)
4.3
(0.169)
7.5
(0.295)
14.0
(0.551)
19.2
(0.756)
18.1
(0.713)
16.3
(0.642)
16.1
(0.634)
6.3
(0.248)
8.7
(0.343)
3.0
(0.118)
3.9
(0.154)
123.3
(4.854)
Avg. precipitation days 3 3 4 6 7 6 7 5 3 4 3 2 53
 % humidity 48 48 51 59 69 73 73 68 58 51 46 46 58
Mean monthly sunshine hours 260.4 209.1 195.3 156.0 117.8 99.0 96.1 142.6 168.0 223.2 249.0 269.7 2,186.2
Percent possible sunshine 52.5 51.5 50.5 48.5 42.0 39.5 35.0 43.5 48.0 52.0 54.0 53.0 47.5
Source #1: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional[1]
Source #2: Secretaria de Mineria(sun, record high and some record lows 1951–1980),[2] NOAA(some record lows 1971–1990)[3]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistical Data (1981–1990)" (in Spanish). National Meteorological Service of Argentina. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Provincia de Santa Cruz - Clima Y Meteorologia: Datos Meteorologicos Y Pluviometicos" (in Spanish). Secretaria de Mineria de la Nacion (Argentina). Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lago Argentino Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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