Extreme Weather

Although weather experts rely on average temperatures over a longer period of time to predict the weather, there are often extreme weather conditions.

The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was at Vostok, a station in Antarctica. -89º C was measured in 1983 . The highest temperature was recorded in the Libyan desert in 1922 (57º C). The highest annual rainfall was measured in Cherrapunji, India , at the foot of the Himalaya mountain range. 26 metres of rain fell over a one year period.

Extreme weather events

1 - World's highest surface wind speed : 188 mph (303 km/h) recorded in New Hampshire in 1934 .

2 - Minimum annual rainfall : No rain for 13 years in a row recorded in northern Chile .

3 - Most rain in 24 hours : 72 inches (1,825 mm) recorded on Reunion Island in 1966 .

4 - Average number of thunderstorms per year : 242 measured over a ten-year period recorded in Uganda.

5 - World's highest water temperature : 35.6º C (96º F) recorded in the Persian Gulf in 1924 .

6 - World's highest air pressure : 1086 mbars recorded in Tosontsengel, Mongolia in 2001 .

7 - Heaviest hailstone : 1 kg (2.2 pounds) recorded in Bangladesh in 1986.