Some Weather Facts and Records

 

Greatest rainfall in a day: 73.62 inches (Reunion, Indian Ocean; March 15, 1952)

Greatest rainfall in a year: 1,041 inches (Assam, India; August 1880-1881)

World's one minute rainfall record: July 4, 1956, 1.23 inches of rain fell in Unionville, MD.

Greatest snowfall in a day: 75.8 inches (Silver Lake, Colorado; April 14-15, 1921)

Greatest snowfall in a single storm: 189 inches (Mt. Shasta, California; February 13-19, 1959)

Saratoga Springs, NY greatest snowfall: 58 inches (1888, March 11-14)

Largest hailstone: 17.5 inches (Coffeyville, Kansas; September 3, 1979) , weight 1.67 pounds

Fastest surface wind speed: 231 miles per hour (Mount Washington, New Hampshire; April 12, 1934)

Fastest tornado winds: 286 miles per hour (Wichita Falls, Texas; April 2, 1958)

Highest world temperature: 136 F / 58 C, Al Aziziyah, Libya, 13 September, 1922

Highest USA temperature: 134 F / 56.7 C, Death Valley, California, 10 July, 1913

Lowest world temperature: -128.6F / -89.6C, Vostok Station, Antarctica, 21 July 1983

Lowest world temperature in inhabited area: -90.4 F / -68 C, Oymyakon, Siberia (pop. 4,000), 6 February, 1933 and also at Verkhoyansk, Siberia, 3 January, 1885.

Lowest USA temperature: -79.8 F / -62.1 C, Prospect Creek, Alaska, 23 January, 1971.

Lowest USA (48 contiguous states) temperature: -69.7 F / -56.5 C, Rogers Pass, Montana, 20 January, 1954.

Lowest Northern Hemisphere Temperature: -81F /-62.78C; Snag, Yukon Territory(Canada); 2 February, 1947.

Fastest tornado winds: 286 miles per hour (Wichita Falls, Texas; April 2, 1958).

Longest tornado path: 293 miles on the ground, 1917, traveled from Missouri to Indiana.

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