Intriguing Weather Facts and Records

Extreme temperature highs and lows have emerged across the globe, where the heat becomes unbearable and the frigid temperatures can fatally chill the bones. In this article, you will learn about some of the record-breaking temperatures that have occurred around the world, as well as other intriguing weather facts.

Hottest World Temperature

Al’ Aziziyah, Libya experienced what has been dubbed the hottest world temperature on September 13, 1922, where thermometers read 136 degrees. In the United States, the hottest temperature was 134 degrees, which was recorded on July 10, 1913 at Death Valley, California

Coldest World Temperatures

On February 3, 1947, Snag located in Canada’s Yukon Territory became known as the site that recorded the coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere. The record was ,81 degrees. However, the coldest recorded temperature associated with an area where no one lives is at Siberia on February 6, 1933 when the temperature decreased to -90.4 degrees. However, Antarctica is cited as experiencing the coldest ever temperature on earth. On July 21, 1983, the temperature dipped to -128.6 degrees and this didn’t even include wind chill calculations.

Drastic Temperature Differences

It’s amazing that one moment the temperature reads around 50 degrees and then in a 24-hour time period, it reaches over 100 degrees. This was the case in Browning, Montana, which occurred on January 23 and 24, 1916 , making it the most dramatic temperature difference within 24 hours. The quickest rise and fall in temperature has been recorded in Spearfish, South Dakota, where the temperature read ,4 degrees at 7:30 a.m. and rose to 45 degrees at 7:32 a.m. This event was observed on January 22, 1943.

The Planet’s Precipitation

It is estimated that the total amount of precipitation to fall on the planet in one year is 5,000 million tons.

Lightning Around the World

At any one time, the Earth’s atmosphere is experiencing about 1,800 thunderstorms.

The Longest Rainbow

On March 14, 1994, a rainbow was visible for 6 hours (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in the United Kingdom. This was a rare occurrence, as the majority of rainbows only last for a couple of minutes.  

Weather Variety

Some cities enjoy little change in their temperatures, precipitation, wind, and extremes in weather. If you’re looking to live in a city that doesn’t experience a great deal of variety, consider looking into relocating to California or Hawaii. In California, seek out homes in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Eureka, Long Beach, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo. Kahului and Honolulu, Hawaii also experience little change in their weather.

However, unpredictable changes in weather are commonplace in states like Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. Variety in temperatures and other weather factors are seen in Springfield, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas; Rochester, Minnesota; Wichita, Kansas; Columbia, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Concordia, Kansas; and Sioux City, Iowa.