Record-Setting Weather in North America

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Cold Weather

Coldest Place

The lowest temperature ever recorded in North America is -63 C (-81.4 F) at Snag, Yukon in Canada on February 3, 1947.

Hot Weather

Hottest Spot

The thermometer reached a North American record high of 56.7 C (134 F) at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California, USA on July 10, 1913.

Rainy Weather

Wettest Location

Henderson Lake, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada received an average of 7 metres (276 inches) of rain and snow a year when precipitation was measured there from 1923 to 1935 and 1998 to 2000.

Heaviest Rainfall

The most rain to fall in North America over 24 hours was 1633.98 millimetres (64.3 inches) dumped by a Caribbean hurricane on Isla Mujeres in Mexico, Oct 21-22, 2005.

Dry Weather

Driest Place

Just 30.5 millimetres (1.2 inches) of rain falls in a typical year at Batagues in Baja California Sur, Mexico, an average annual precipitation lower than anywhere else in North America.

Windy Weather

Windiest Site

Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA has North America's strongest wind. About 60 metres (200 feet) below the summit, a 372 kilometres per hour (231 miles per hour) gust was recorded on April 12, 1934. Then, for the entire month of February 1939, wind speed on the mountain averaged 113 kph (70 mph).

Average Weather