Charity for Change, now called InternationalCharity, have come out with some facts about America. Snow, for example – which state has the most? In descending order from 5 to 1 …
Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Maine
Which is the hottest? Same order…
California, New mexico, Arizona, Florida and Texas
From previous articles of ours talking about the Badwater Ultra-marathon and the 508 Cycle Race in Death Valley, we know that Death Valley is the hottest place in the States with searing temperatures. The highest ever recorded there was 134 °F (56.7 °C) in 1913. It also dominates the records for being the hottest place in continental America on any single day. And this is a place where extreme competitions take place!
Places in the US that have reached temperatures of at least 49 C or 120 °F:
|Volcano Springs, California||129||June 1902|
|Lake Havasu Cty, Arizona||128||June 29, 1994|
|Parker, Arizona||127||July 1905|
|Mecca, California||126||Sep 1950|
|Laughlin, Nevada||125||June 29, 1994|
|Yuma, Arizona||123||Sep 1950|
|Leeland, Nevada||122||August 1914|
|Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico||122||June 27, 1994|
|Gila Bend, Arizona||121||May 1910|
|Alton, Kansas||121||July 24, 1936|
|Steele, North Dakota||121||July 6, 1936|
|Ozark, Arkansas||120||August 10, 1936|
|Tipton, Oklahoma||120||June 27, 1994|
|Gannvalley, South Dakota||120||July 5, 1936|
|Monahans, Texas||120||June 28, 1994|
In contrast, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States was -80 °F (-62 °C) on January 23, 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp, located near the Arctic Circle along the Alaska pipeline. This is not much warmer than the -81.4 °F record low for North America that Snag in the Yukon dropped to on February 3, 1947. On that record cold February day, Tanacross Alaska reached -75 °F.
Montana, too, has a record to be proud of – or should I say scared of? It takes the record for being the coldest place in the continental US with a temperature of -70 °F on January 20, 1954 at Rogers Pass, Montana. The pass sits at 5,470 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains, northwest of Helena.
On any single day, the mountain town of Stanley, Idaho, is most often the coldest place in the 48 continental states.
Other states in the US which have dropped to-45 C or -50 F or below are:
|Peter’s Sink, Utah||-69||Feb 1, 1985|
|Riverside RS, Wyoming||-66||Feb 9, 1933|
|Maybell, Colorado||-61||Feb 1, 1985|
|Island Park Dam, Idaho||-60||Jan 18, 1943|
|Tower, Minnesota||-60||Feb 2, 1996|
|Parshall, North Dakota||-60||Feb 15, 1936|
|McIntosh, South Dakota||-58||Feb 17, 1936|
|Tetonia, Idaho||-57||Feb 9, 1933|
|Couderay, Wisconsin||-55||Feb 4, 1996|
|Seneca, Oregon||-54||Feb 10, 1933|
|Old Forge, New York||-52||Feb 18, 1979|
|San Jacinto, Nevada||-50||Jan 8, 1937|
|Gavilan, New Mexico||-50||Feb 1, 1951|
|Bloomfield, Vermont||-50||Dec 30, 1933|
Is it significant that none of these dates are recent?
This Sumo wrestler (thesnowfiles) would be perfectly content in these conditions I feel…
And if climate change is so dramatic and the snow starts melting, we could always try to get a taste for this alternative skiing (Sony6Honda)…
Let’s hope the powers that be decide to do something about global warming before we are reduced to that!