World, United States, California
Comparative Climate Extremes

 

World

United States

California

San Jose

San Francisco

Max Temperature

134 F
Death Valley
Jul 10, 19113

134 F
Death Valley
Jul 10 1913

134 F
Death Valley
Jul 10 1913

109 F
Jun 14, 2000

103 F
Jul 17 1988

Min Temperature

-129 F
Antarctica
Jul 21 1983

-80 F
Prospect Creek
Jan 23 1971

-45 F
Boca
Jan 20 1937

17 F
Jan 9/10 1920

27 F
Dec 11 1932

Greatest 1 Hour Rainfall

15.78 inches
Shangdu, China
7/3/1975

13.80 inches
Central, WV
May 4, 1943

4.70 inches
Mt Palomar
Aug 13 1992

 

1.92 inches
Feb 2004 SFSU

Greatest 24 Hour Rainfall

73.62 inches
La Reunion Is
Mar 15/16 1952

43.00 inches
Alvin TX
Jul 25/26 1979

26.12 inches
Hoegees Camp
Jan 22 1943

3.60 inches
Jan 30 1958

6.19 inches
Nov 5/6 1994

Greatest 1 Month Rainfall

366.14  inches
Cherrapunji India
Jul 1861

148.83 inches
Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii
Mar 1983

71.54 inches
Helen Mine, CA
Jan 1909

10.23 inches
Feb 1998

24.36 inches
Jan 1862

Greatest 1 Season Rainfall

1041.78 inches
Cherrapunji India
1860-1861

704 inches
Kukui Hawaii
1981-1982

257.9 inches
Camp 6
1982

30.25 inches
1982 - 1983

49.27 inches
1861-1862

Greatest Average Annual Rainfall

523.6 inches
Lloro, Columbia

460 inches
Mt. Waialeale Hawaii

145.48 inches
Wilder Ridge, Humboldt County

15.05 inches

22.28 inches

Least 1 Season Rainfall

0.00 inches
Death Valley *
1929

0.00 inches
Death Valley *
1929

0.00 inches
Death Valley *
1929

 

7.72
1975-76

Least Average Annual Rainfall

0,03 inches
Arica, Chile

2.02 inches
Death Valley, CA

2.02 inches
Death Valley, CA

15.05 inches

22.28 inches

Greatest 24 hour Snowfall

 

75.8 inches
Silver Lake CO
Apr 14/15 1921

67.0 inches
Echo Summit
Jan 4/5 1982

 

3.7 inches
Feb 1887

Greatest 1 Storm Snowfall

 

189 inches
Shasta Ski Bowl
Feb 13-19 1959

189 inches
Shasta Ski Bowl
Feb 13-19 1959

 

3.7 inches
Feb 1887

Greatest 1 Month Snowfall

 

390 inches
Tamarack
Jan 1911

390 inches
Tamarack
Jan 1911

 

3.7 inches
Feb 1887

Greatest 1 Season Snow

 

1140 inches
Mt Baker WA
1998-1999

884 inches
Tamarack
1906-1907

 

3.7 inches
Feb 1887

Greatest Snow Depth on Ground

 

451 inches
Tamarack CA
Mar 11 1911

451 inches
Tamarack
Mar 11 1911

 

3.7 inches
Feb 1887

Highest Sea Level Pressure

1083.8 mb
Agata Siberia
Dec 31 1968

1078.6 mb
Northway AK
Jan 31 1989

1041.0 mb
Sacramento
Feb 17 1883

 

1037.6 mb
Mar 4 1902

Lowest Sea Level Pressure

870.0 mb
Typhoon Tip
Oct 12, 1979

892.3 mb
Matecumbe Key FL Sep 2 1935

975.6 mb
Pt Reyes
Jan 27, 1916

 

977.0 mb
Jan 27 1916

Highest Wind Velocity

253 mph gust
Barrow Island, Australia
Oct. 4, 1996

231 mph gust
Mt Washington NH Apr 12 1934

101 mph gust
Sandberg
Mar 25, 1975

 

58 mph
Jan 30 1963

            * One of Multiple Occurrences

References:

Null, Jan, Climate of San Francisco, NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS WR-126, 1995 (3rdd Revision)

Schmidli, Robert J., Weather Extremes. NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS WR-28, 1991 (2nd Revision)

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalextremes.html

http://wmo.asu.edu/

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