extremes

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The earth has a vast surface area, nearly 200 million square miles. A great variation in weather covers this expanse. The following list describes just a few places with unusual distinctions:

Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii
averages 460 inches of rain (38 feet) each year. At an altitude of nearly a mile, the cold temperatures squeeze the moisture from rising ocean air.
Northern Chile
is one of the driest places on earth. Cold ocean currents prevent the formation of clouds, and in places there is no recorded rain in over 400 years. Ground water and dew formation allow the growth of hardy grasses.
Central Uganda in Africa
averages 242 thunderstorm days a year.
Libya
had the highest air temperature ever recorded. In 1922, in the shade, the temperature was 136° F. Death Valley, California has recorded a temperature of 134° F.
Antarctica
has the lowest temperature ever recorded, which was -129° F in 1983.
Silver Lake, Colorado
recorded 6.3 feet of snowfall in a 24 hour period in 1921.
Holt, Missouri
experienced 12 inches of rain in just 42 minutes, in 1947.

People live near each of the above locations, in spite of the weather extremes. The Creator has given an abundance of plants and animals that thrive in seemingly impossible places. He is in control.

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