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Weather Extremes United States and World
The following information represents the recorded weather extremes for the United States and the World.  For your convenience, these records are quoted in Fahrenheit and Celsius / inches and meters.
  • Highest average annual mean temperature:
    World:
    Dallol, Ethiopia (Oct 1960–Dec 1966), 94° F (34.4° C).
    United States:
    Key West, FL (30-year normal),
    78.2° F (25.7° C).
     
  • Lowest average annual mean temperature"
    World:
    Plateau Station, Antarctica, –70° F
    (–56.7° C).
    United States:
    Barrow, AK (30-year normal), 9.3° F (–12.6° C).
     
  • Greatest average yearly rainfall:
    World:
    Cherrapunji, India (74-year average), 450 in. (1,143 cm).
    United States:
    Mt. Waialeale, Kauai, HA (32-year average), 460 in. (1,168 cm).
     
  • Minimum average yearly rainfall:
    World:
    Arica, Chile (59-year average), 0.03 in.
    (0.08 cm) (no rainfall for 14 consecutive years).
    United States:
    Death Valley, CA (42-year average), 1.63 in. (4.14 cm). Bagdad, CA, holds the U.S. record for the longest period with no measurable rain, 767 days, from Oct 3, 1912 to Nov 8, 1914.
     
  • Hottest summer average in Western Hemisphere:
    Death Valley, CA, 98° F (36.7° C).
     
  • Longest hot spell:
    Marble Bar, W. Australia, 100° F (37.8° C) (or above) for 162 consecutive days, Oct. 30, 1923 to Apr. 7, 1924.
     
  • Largest hailstone:
    Aurora, NE, 7 in. (17.8 cm) in diameter, 18.75 in. (47.6 cm) in circumference, June 22, 2003.
     
  • Most Expensive U.S. hailstorm: Denver, CO, July 11, 1990. Total damage was $625 million.

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