Weather Extremes


The earth rotates on a tilt of 23.5°. It is this tilt which governs temperatures in the northern and southern hemispheres.

At the equator, temperatures are fairly constant. Heat fron the sun is trapped by the atmosphere, in clouds and gases. The temperature is obtained from the Sun's energy striking the ground.

The hottest part of the earth is at thExtremes e equator. Dallol, Ethiopia, has a temperature of 34°C.
In 1922, Al''Aziziyah, Libya had the highest recorded temperature of 58°C in the shade.

The coldest place on earth is Vostok, Antartica with temperatures of -58°C. In 1983 the temperature plunged to -89°C.

The place with the highest variance in temperature is Verkhoyanst, Siberia, Russia with a range from -68°C to 37°C.

The wettest place is Tututendo, Columbia with 11,770mm of rain per year .

The driest place on earth is the Pacific Coast of Atacama Desert which only has 0.1mm of rain per year.

The windiest place is Mount Washington, USA. In 1934, winds of 230mph were recorded. The velocity of winds in a tornado may be much greater, but instruments used to record velocity are destroyed. In Antartica, gales of 200mph are common, Port Martin has 122 days of Force 9 (46mph) gales per year.

Rain can contain sand, insects, frogs and fish picked up from land and seas, and deposited hundreds of miles from the point of origin. This phenomena is usually due to tornado activity elsewhere

The area with the most stable temperature range would be Saipan, Mariana Islands, Pacific Ocean with a temperature range of 20°C to 31°C all year round.

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