Weather Records you Won’t Believe


Weather is one of the few factors on the planet that is outside humans control. In extreme cases, weather damages property, displaces people, interrupts events and causes fatalities. Weather is something we are all working to be able to predict, to allow us to prepare. Because of it’s extreme strength and power and our inability to predict it, we must respect and embrace the power of nature.

Farthest-Traveling Tornado
In 1925 the “Tri-State Tornado” traveled an astonishing 219 miles from Ellington, Missouri to Princeton, Indiana over the course of 3.5 hours.

Foggiest place on Earth
Grand Banks of Newfoundland has plenty of fog due to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream colliding with the cold waters of the Labrador Current. The area sees fog for more than 200 days a year.

Widest Tornado
The 2013 El Reno tornado hit central Oklahoma on May 31st and was part of a larger weather system that produced dozens of other tornados in the days before. It had a record-breaking width of 2.6 miles.

Longest-lasting tropical storm
In 1994, Hurricane John formed and lasted from August 11 to September 10. It traveled 7,165 miles across the Pacific, making it the farthest-traveling tropical cyclone that has ever been observed. Since it moved from the eastern Pacific to the western Pacific and then back to the east, it was considered a hurricane and a typhoon. Luckily it caused minimal damage because it hardly touched land.

Smallest Hurricane Eye
Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, Australia during Christmas of 1974 with an eye 4 miles across. Typically, tropical storm eyes are 20-40 miles across.

Earliest Hurricane
The earliest-ever hurricane in the calendar year was unnamed and formed in 1938 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on January 1. This year Hurricane Alex became the runner-up, forming on January 14.

Longest distance a tornado has carried an object
In April 1991 a tornado carried a PERSONAL CHECK 223 miles from Stockton, Kansas to Winnetoon, Nebraska.

Heaviest snowfall in Los Angeles
On January 10 and 11, 1949, the most intense blanket of snow hit Los Angeles…… coming in at .3 inches near the center of the city. This ‘blizzard’ brough Los Angeles to a brief halt as they weren’t exactly equipped to deal with it.

Largest Hailstone
The largest hailstone to fall in the US dropped on Vivian, South Dakota in 2010 at 8 inches in diameter. It melted a little before it could be measured, meaning it was likely even bigger when it first hit ground.

Heaviest Hailstone
The largest recorded hailstone fell in 1986 in Bangladesh. The grapefruit-sized, deadly ice balls were 2.25 pounds. For scale, the largest hailstone we just talked about was only 1.94 pounds.

Highest Wave
A British research vessel in the North Atlantic west of Scotland observed a wave standing 60.7 feet tall in 2000.

Largest Snowflake
The world’s biggest snowflake ever was reportedly seen by a rancher in January of 1887 in Montana who said it was 15 inches wide. It’s hard to verify seeing as no one else saw it and the 19th century rancher from Montana didn’t exactly have a camera.

First twin snow crystals
Two snowflakes actually CAN be alike. The first recorded identical snow crystals were discovered in Colorado in 1988 at an atmospheric research center. They were seen under a microscope after a Wisconsin storm.

Most rainfall in one minute
An estimated 1.23 inches of rain fell in one minute on July 4, 1956 in Unionville, Maryland.

Fiercest wind
A 253-mile-per-hour gust of wind hit Barrow Island in Australia in 1996.