To answer your questions in turn.
If you don't mind me asking, but how do you know so much about this?
I would not consider myself an expert but like like some other people who are members of this site, I have lived and worked in Antarctica albeit in the dim and distant past (1970s). I was a dog sledge driver for 2 years at the British Antarctic Survey's Stonington Island Base on the Antarctic Peninsula (approx 68?S 67?W). Paul Ward, our webmaster was also with BAS on Signy Island in the 1980s. Jenny Doctor was at the Rothera base more recently in the early years of this decade. We all have photographs in the Members' Pictures section which should give you a good flavour of what life in the deep freeze is like. Once the Antarctic gets its claws into you it doesn't let go! I keep up with events by reading the websites of the main Antarctic research programmes such as BAS (UK), USAP (USA) and those of Australia, New Zealand, etc. You'll find that a fair number of members have also visited the Antarctic as tourists.
You live in Scotland? Does it snow there?
I'm on the West coast of Scotland which has a mainly mild, damp climate thanks to the Gulf Stream so we don't have the extremes of weather between winter and summer that you see, for example, in New England. Global warming has resulted in less frost and snow than I recall from my childhood but funnily enough we do have snow forecast for today but it hasn't arrived as yet. Fingers crossed for a good fall!