For all her beauty, Mother Nature can often be terrifying. Calamities such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis have wreaked havoc on human civilization. News reports of extreme weather have captured the imagination of people worldwide, even making their way into pop culture in the form of disaster movies.
On that note, let’s take a look at three records of extreme weather that would frighten just about anyone.
It’s no surprise that the lowest temperatures in the world would be recorded in Antartica. But on July 21, 1983, the temperature in Vostok, Antartica plunged to -89.2 C, which is an unbelievable -128.5 F.
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For years, Death Valley in California has held the record for being the hottest spot in the world. When summer hits, average temperatures can be an unforgiving 46.7 C, or 116 F. However, in the summer of 1913, the temperature spiked to a searing 56.7 C, or 134 F, the hottest ever recorded in history.
Most rainfall (one minute)
In a place like Hong Kong, when the rainfall goes over 70 millimeters an hour, which is 2.75 inches in 60 minutes, the black rainstorm signal is immediately sent up. This is the most severe rain can get. In Unionville, Maryland, on the 4th of July, 1956, 31.2 millimeters (1.22 inches) of rain fell in sixty seconds, which was record.
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Weatherman Jim Byrne is a consulting meteorologist at the Weather Channel show “So You Think You’d Survive.” He used to be the chief meteorologist for KCOY CBS-12 and a freelance weekend meteorologist at NBC Bay Area. For more updates and informative articles about meteorology, visit this page.