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Extreme temperatures in the USA

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:

Location°FDate
Volcano Springs, California129June 1902
Lake Havasu Cty, Arizona128June 29, 1994
Parker, Arizona127July 1905
Mecca, California126Sep 1950
Laughlin, Nevada125June 29, 1994
Yuma, Arizona123Sep 1950
Leeland, Nevada122August 1914
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico122June 27, 1994
Gila Bend, Arizona121May 1910
Alton, Kansas121July 24, 1936
Steele, North Dakota121July 6, 1936
Ozark, Arkansas120August 10, 1936
Tipton, Oklahoma120June 27, 1994
Gannvalley, South Dakota120July 5, 1936
Monahans, Texas120June 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:

Location°FDate
Peter’s Sink, Utah-69Feb 1,     1985
Riverside RS, Wyoming-66Feb 9, 1933
Maybell, Colorado-61Feb 1, 1985
Island Park Dam, Idaho-60Jan 18, 1943
Tower, Minnesota-60Feb 2, 1996
Parshall, North Dakota-60Feb 15, 1936
McIntosh, South Dakota-58Feb 17, 1936
Tetonia, Idaho-57Feb 9, 1933
Couderay, Wisconsin-55Feb 4, 1996
Seneca, Oregon-54Feb 10, 1933
Old Forge, New York-52Feb 18, 1979
San Jacinto, Nevada-50Jan 8, 1937
Gavilan, New Mexico-50Feb 1, 1951
Bloomfield, Vermont-50Dec 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!

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