Global Weather Extremes

The weather across the globe really doesn’t change much from week to week, month to month, and certainly year to year. True, there are global trends of warming and cooling, drier and wetter, but over the course of average human life expectancy, there’s not a lot of variations in climatic averages from year to year.

That said, it is also true that within these long-term averages, there are definitely extremes across the globe, whether it be temperature extremes, rainfall, snowfall, wind, air pressure, or otherwise. In this article, I just want to have a fun look at some worldwide weather extremes (at least the measured and verified ones),

The warmest temperature recorded was 136 degrees in El Azizia , Libya on September 13, 1922. The warmest North American temperature was 134 degrees in Death Valley , CA on July 10, 1913. In Asia, it was 129 in Tirat Tsvi , Israel , June 21, 1942. Australia ’s hottest was 128 degrees in Cloncurry , Queensland , January 19, 1889 (our winter is their summer, remember). Europe’s warmest was in Seville , Spain , at 122 on August 4, 1881. And in South America, the hottest was 120 degrees in Rivadavia , Argentina , December 11, 1905.

By the way, the warmest Antarctica temperature was 59 degrees. On the other hand, the coldest recorded on Earth was –129 in Vostok in Antarctica . That occurred on July 21, 1983.

The coldest temperature recorded in Asia was -90 in Oimekon , Russia , February 6, 1933. North America’s coldest was –81 in Snag , Yukon , Canada on February 3, 1947. Europe’s coldest was –67 in Ust’Shchugor, Russia in January (no year or day given). South America checked in with –27 in Sarmiento , Argentina on June 1, 1907. Africa hit –11 in Ifrane , Morocco on February 11, 1935. Australia ’s coldest was –9 in Charlotte Pass , NSW on June 29, 1994.

How about some rain? How’s this? In Lloro, Columbia , 523.6 inches of rain falls in an average year! In North America, the highest yearly average is 256 inches in Henderson Lake , British Columbia . In Europe it’s 183 inches in Crkvica , Bosnia -Hercegovina. Asia has more, at 467 inches in Mawsynram , India . Africa ? How about 405 inches in Debundscha , Cameroon ?

And as far as the driest places on Earth? How about Arica in Chile averages, where they average .03 inches of rain a year! In Wadi Halfa, Sudan , less than a tenth of an inch falls yearly. In North America, the driest place is Batagues , Mexico , with an average yearly rainfall of 1.2 inches. Asia is 1.8 inches in Aden , Yemen . Australia ’s driest place is Mulka (Troudaninna), South Australia , with 4 inches a year. In Europe, it’s 6.4 inches in Astrakhan , Russia .

So, next time we set a record high of 103 degrees, or a low of zero, just pull out this article and be glad you don’t live in areas where the weather really gets extreme.