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A government study showed that one small thunderstorm held more than 33 million gallons of water.
A second early season snowstorm produced eleven inches at Wilkes Barre PA and 26 inches at Auburn NY. All the mountains in the northeastern U.S. were whitened with snow.
Dense fog contributed to a 118 vehicle accident on I-94, just south of Milwaukee WI. It was the seventh day of an eight day stretch of dense fog. At the time of the accident the visibility was reportedly close to zero.
Floodwaters roared through a migrant labor camp near the town of Picacho AZ flooding fifty cabins and a dozen nearby homes. 250 migrant workers lost their shelters. The month was one of the wettest Octobers in Arizona weather history.
Light snow falls in Canberra during most years, but it rarely accumulates to more than a few centimeters.
Melbourne (VIC) has the dubious honour of being Australia's least sunny capital with an average of 5.7 hours of sunshine each day.
The amount of water held in the atmosphere at any time is sufficient to produce about 2.5cm (1 inch) of rain over the surface of the earth.
The coldest temperature ever recorded was a negative 126.9 degrees fahrenheit in Vostok Station, Antarctica.
The summit is 1,569m (5,148ft) above sea level and receives over 350 days of rain each year.
The temperature soared to 104 degrees at San Diego, CA. Southern California was in the midst of a late October heat wave that year. Los Angeles had ten consecutive days with afternoon highs reaching 100 degrees.
A storm blanketed Worcester, MA, with 7.5 inches of snow, a record snowfall total for so early in the season for that location.
Freezing temperatures were reported in the Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Valley. Houghton Lake MI reported a record low of 21 degrees.
Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the only permanent snowcap within sight of the equator.
The driest place on earth is Wadi Halfa in Sudan, with an annual average rainfall of less than 2.5 mm (less than one-tenth of an inch).
The tornado is the most violent of all earth's storms.
A storm produced 28 inches of snow at Colorado Springs CO.
Freezing temperatures were reported in the Northern and Central Appalachians, and the Upper Ohio Valley. The morning low of 27 degrees at Concord NH tied their record for the date. Temperatures soared into the 90s in South Dakota. Pierre SD reported an afternoon high of 98 degrees.
On average, the wettest town in Australia is Tully (N QLD) with an annual average rainfall of 4,204mm.
The Empire State Building gets struck by lightning on the average of 500 a year.
The total amount of precipitation to fall to earth in one year is 5,000 million million tones.
A heavy chicken house, sixteen by sixteen feet in area, was picked up by a tornado and wedged between two trees. The hens were found the next day sitting on their eggs in the chicken house, with no windows broken, as though nothing had happened.
A single snowstorm can drop 40 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs.
An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81 deaths and 25 million dollars damage. A tornado (possibly two tornadoes) cut an eight-mile long path across Saint Louis MO, to Granite City IL, killing 79 persons. The damage path at times was a mile and a quarter in width.
Denver CO received 9.6 inches of snow. October of that year proved to be the coldest and snowiest of record for Denver, with a total snowfall for the month of 31.2 inches.
For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the Earth.
In Australia, Marble Bar (WA) recorded maximum temperatures equaling or exceeding 37.8°C (100°F) on 161 consecutive days (between 30 October 1923 and 7 April 1924)
Lightning bolts can travel 60 miles.
Morning fog in the central U.S. reduced the visibility to near zero at some locations. Morning lows of 28 degrees at Rockford IL and 24 degrees at Waterloo IA were records for the date. Afternoon highs of 92 degrees at Hollywood FL and Miami FL were records for the date.
Santa Ana winds brought fires to Los Angeles County, and to points south and east. Half a million acres were consumed by the fires, as were 1000 structures. Twenty firemen were injured.
The Australian record is 53.1°C (127.6°F) recorded at Cloncurry (QLD) on 16 January 1889.
The Driest place in Australia is Mulka Bore, west of Lake Eyre (SA), with an average annual rainfall of 100mm (4 inches).
The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States was nearly the size of a soccer ball. It was a 7-inch wide chunk of ice.
The temperature at Deeth NV soared from a morning low of 12 degrees to a high of 87 degrees, a record daily warm-up for the state.
The tiny droplets of water that make up fog are so small that it would take seven thousand million of them to make a single tablespoonful of water.
Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail in southeastern Wyoming during the afternoon, with tennis ball size hail reported at Cheyenne. Strong winds ushering the cold air into the north central U.S. gusted to 59 mph at Lander WY.
A record early season snowstorm struck the Central High Plains Region. The storm left up to nineteen inches of snow along the Colorado Front Range, and as much as a foot of snow in the High Plains Region.
Exmouth in Western Australia received some 322mm of rain in the first week of June 2002. 305mm of this total falling in just 24 hours on June 4.
Melbourne (VIC) has the dubious honour of being Australia's least sunny capital with an average of 5.7 hours of sunshine each day.
The chances of being struck by lightning is about one in three million.
The temperature at Wichita Falls TX soared to 108 degrees to establish a record for September.
A tornado 440 yards in width traveled twenty miles from near Hollow OK to western Cherokee County KS. Although a strong tornado, it was very slow moving, and gave a tremendous warning roar, and as a result no one was killed.
Hurricane Beulah moved into South Texas, and torrential rains from the hurricane turned the rich agricultural areas of South Texas into a large lake. Beulah also spawned a record 115 tornadoes.
On January 22 1943, the temperature at Spearfish, South Dakota (USA) rose from minus 20°C (minus 4°F) at 7.30am to 7°C (45°F) at 7.32 am (a 27°C rise in just 2 minutes!).
The Empire State Building has been struck by lightning a dozen time in a single storm.
The typical lifetime of a small cumulus cloud is between 10 to 15 minutes.
A rainbow was visible for 6 hours (from 9am to 6pm) at Wetherby, Yorkshire (UK) on 14 March 1994. This is rare as most rainbows last for only a few minutes.
Excessive flooding was reported along the Mississippi River and all over the Midwest, from Ohio to the Milk River in Montana. In some places it was the worst flooding of record.
Low pressure off the Northern Pacific Coast brought rain and gale force winds to the coast of Washington State. Fair weather prevailed across most of the rest of the nation.
The biggest clouds are cumulonimbus, climbing up to 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) high and holding up to half a million tons of water.
The temperature at West Yellowstone MT plunged to six degrees below zero, while the temperature at San Francisco CA soared to 94 degrees.
A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
A tornado traveled 275 miles across Lake Ontario, New York and Lake Champlain.
At any given time, on average there are about 1800 thunderstorms occurring on earth with 100 lightning strikes per second.
Cool Canadian air prevailed across the central and eastern U.S. Toledo OH reported a record low of 27 degrees. Limestone ME received an inch of snow. Warm weather continued in the western U.S. Boise ID reported a record high of 87 degrees.
Hurricane Emily crossed the island of Bermuda during the early morning. Emily, moving northeast at 45 mph, produced wind gusts to 115 mph at Kindley Field. The thirty-five million dollars damage inflicted by Emily made it the worst hurricane to strike Bermuda since.
In Australia, snowfalls are common above 1,500m in the Alps during the winter, but there are no permanent snowfields anywhere on the continent.
In the midst of a hot September for Death Valley, California, the afternoon high was 104 degrees for the second of three days, the coolest afternoon highs for the month.
One lightning bolt has enough electricity to service 200 000 homes.
Sea fogs persist for more than 120 days a year on the Grand Banks, Newfoundland, Canada.
The air located around a lightning bolt is heated to around 30,000 degrees Celsius. This is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
The famous "Pumpkin Flood" occurred on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. Harrisburg PA reported a river stage of twenty-two feet. The heavy rains culminated a wet season.
The largest hailstone recorded fell on 14 April 1986 in Bangladesh weighing 1kg (2.25lbs). The hailstorm reportedly killed 92 people.
The most snow produced in a single snowstorm is 4.8 meters (15.75ft) at Mt Shasta Ski Bowl, California (USA) between 13 and 19 February 1959.
The United States uses an estimated 10 million tons of salt each year to melt ice on the roads.
Thunderstorms produced high winds and locally heavy rain in the southwestern U.S. One thunderstorm in west Texas produced wind gusts to 86 mph at Dell City completely destroying an airport hangar.
A tropical wave, later to become Tropical Storm Isabel, struck Puerto Rico. As much as 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, and the severe flooding and numerous landslides resulting from the rain claimed about 180 lives.
Hurricane Hilda struck Louisiana spawning many tornadoes, and claimed twenty-two lives
One South Dakota tornado was observed hovering in a field for 45 minutes.
The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.
The western U.S. continued to sizzle. Afternoon highs of 85 degrees at Astoria OR, 101 degrees at Tucson AZ, and 102 degrees at Sacramento CA, equalled October records. It marked the fourth time in the month that Sacramento tied their record for October.
A molecule of water will stay in Earth’s atmosphere for an average duration of 10-12 days.
Every year in the US, 625 people are struck by lightning.
Lightning sets about 10,000 forest fires every year in the United States.
The average width of a tornado’s funnel averages about 100 to 200 yards but may be as wide as a mile.
The temperature at Sentinel AZ soared to 116 degrees to establish an October record for the nation.
A hurricane struck South Florida drowning 124 persons stranded in the Florida Keys.
A typical flash of folk lightning lasts for about 0.2 seconds.
Denver CO was buried under 21.3 inches of snow, 19.4 inches of which fell in 24 hours. The heavy wet snow snapped trees and wires causing seven million dollars damage.
In 1899, it was so cold that the Mississippi River froze over its entire length.
Lightning is 5 times hotter then the surface of the sun.
Only Perisher Valley and Kiandra have ever fallen below minus 20°C.
The Australian record low is minus 23.0°C recorded at Charlotte Pass (NSW) on 29 June 1994.
The first killer tornado of record in October in Connecticut destroyed sixteen vintage aircraft at the Bradley Air Museum in Windsor Locks. The tornado damaged more than one hundred homes causing 200 million dollars damage. Three persons were killed, and 500 others were injured.
The temperature at Honolulu, Hawaii, reached 94 degrees to establish an all-time record at that location.
The wettest place in the world (based on the yearly average total) is Mawsynram, India, which receives an average of 11,870mm (474.8 inches) of rain each year.
Afternoon highs of 103 degrees at Long Beach CA and 105 degrees at the Los Angeles Civic Center were the hottest since September records were established in 1963. Fierce Santa Ana winds accompanying the extreme heat resulted in destructive fires.
In Australia, Canberra wins the title of the 'foggiest' capital city with an average of 47 fogs each year.
Residents of the northeastern U.S. observed a blue sun and a blue moon, caused by forest fires in British Columbia.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 134 degrees F at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California.
There is NOT a law of nature that prohibits 2 snowflakes from being identical.
An inch of rain water is equivalent to 15 inches of dry, powdery snow.
In Australia, Darwin (NT) is the sunniest capital with an average of 8.5 hours a day.
San Diego CA reached an all-time record high of 111 degrees. Los Angeles hit 109 degrees.
The journal of John Winthrop recorded that a mighty tempest struck eastern New England. This second severe hurricane in three years blew down many trees in mile long tracks.
Thunderstorms can generate gusts of wind that can develop additional thunderstorms 100 miles away.
At any particular time, there are approximately 1,800 thunderstorms occurring in the Earth's atmosphere.
In Australia, the most severe dust storms usually occur across the dry interior of the continent during the summer months.
Seattle WA received four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.
The largest piece of ice to fall to earth was an ice block 6 meters (20 ft) across that fell in Scotland on 13 August 1849.
Tropical Storm Emily, which formed in the Carribean the previous afternoon, caused considerable damage to the banana industry of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma and west Texas. In Oklahoma, a thunderstorm at Seiling produced three inches of rain in one hour, golf ball size hail, and wind gusts to 60 mph which collapsed a tent at the state fair injuring nine persons.
In Australia, Bellenden Kerr (NE QLD) received 11,251mm in 1979. With a massive 960mm of this total falling in just 24 hours on January 3/4.
Permanent snow and ice cover about 12% (21 million square km's) of the Earth's land surface. 80% of the world's fresh water is locked up as ice or snow.
The greatest recorded temperature range in Australia is 57.2°C, measured in White Cliffs (NSW) where the maximum has risen to over 50°C and the minimum has fallen to minus 7°C.
The worlds greatest temperature range at a single location is 105°C, from minus 68°C to 37°C recorded at Verkhoyansk, Siberia.
An exceedingly great storm struck eastern New England causing extensive coastal damage from Massachusetts to Maine, and the highest tide in 47 years.
In Australia, Darwin (NT) is the sunniest capital with an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Residents of the northeastern U.S. observed a blue sun and a blue moon, caused by forest fires in British Columbia.
The highest temperature recorded in the world is 58.0°C (136.4°F) at Al,Azizyah in Libya on 13 September 1922.
Three tornadoes spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Gracie killed 12 persons at Ivy VA.
A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.
In 1967, Hurricane Beulah unleased 115 tornadoes over Texas.
Parts of Michigan and Wisconsin experienced their first freeze of the autumn. Snow and sleet were reported in the Sheffield and Sutton areas of northeastern Vermont at midday.
The fogs, which are more common in winter, occasionally cause havoc with air travel by lingering into the early afternoon.
The wettest place in the world is Mt Wai-'ale-'ale in Hawaii.
A corn field of one acre gives of 4,000 gallons off water per day in evaporation.
Cold Canadian air invaded the north central U.S. bringing an end to the growing season across those states. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Phoenix AZ reported a record high of 105 degrees.
In one day a hurricane can release enough energy to supply all of the nation’s electrical needs for about six months.
Temperatures dipped below freezing in the north central U.S. Five cities in North Dakota and Nebraska reported record low temperatures for the date, including Bismarck ND with a reading of 17 degrees above zero. Low pressure brought snow and sleet to parts of Upper Michigan.
The most rain to fall in a single 24 hour period is 1,850mm (74 inches) at Cilaos (on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion) between 15 and 16 March 1952.
A big early season lake effect snowburst on the lee shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario produced 47 inches at Governeur NY and 48 inches just south of Buffalo.
Cloud droplets are extremely small. They are about ten thousandth of an inch across, a thousand times smaller than a raindrop.
In New York in 1988 the temperature stayed above 32°C for 32 days and the murder rate soared by 75%.
Sunbathing on sunny days with clouds in the sky can be dangerous.
The lowest temperature recorded in the world is minus 89.6°C at the Vostok Scientific Station in Antarctica on 21 July 1983.
Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across Florida. Afternoon highs of 92 degrees at Apalachicola and 95 degrees at Fort Myers were records for the date.
Between evaporation and falling as precipitation, a droplet of water may travel thousands of miles.
In May 1962, strong westerly winds resulted in such a thick dust haze in Sydney, that Bankstown Airport had to close for almost 4 hours.
Snowflakes falling at 2-4 mph can take about 1 hr to reach the ground.
The longest dry spell of record in the U.S. commenced as Bagdad CA went 767 days without rain.
Unseasonably warm weather continued in the western U.S. In California, afternoon highs of 96 degrees at Redding and Red Bluff were records for the date.
A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.
Clouds can reflect so much ultraviolet light from the sunlight they dramatically increase the ultraviolet reaching the ground.
In NSW, the wettest town is Dorrigo with an average of 2,004mm per year.
Supercells are the most dangerous types of thunder storms.
The most consistently wet place in Australia is Waratah, (TAS) with an average of 314 'rainy days' per year.
A lightning bolt travels at about 14,000mph and brings 300,000 volts of electricity to the ground.
During a hurricane, 90% of the people who die end up dying from drowning.
Lightning is 5 times hotter then the surface of the sun.
The average lifespan of a tornado is less than 15 minutes.
The temperature at Minneapolis, MN, reached 90 degrees, their latest such reading of record.
Baseball sized hail killed 246 people in India in 1888.
In Australia's capital cities dust storms are somewhat of a rarity, but have, nonetheless, been responsible for causing significant inconvenience to city life.
Showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains in central Wyoming, and snow in some of the higher elevations. Casper WY reported 1.75 inches of rain in 24 hours, and a thunderstorm north of the Wild Horse Reservoir produced 1.90 inches of rain in just forty minutes.
The largest snowflakes in the world fell across Fort Keogh in Montana (USA) on 28 January 1887.
Twenty-three cities in the south central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Topeka KS with a reading of 33 degrees, and Binghamton NY with a low of 25 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Atlanta GA with 4.87 inches of rain, their sixth highest total of record for any given ay.
Yuma in Arizona (USA) is the sunniest place in the world.

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