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- What is the windiest US City based on Average Wind Speed [mph] ?
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire 35.3. It is almost twice as windy as the city in the number 2 slot - St. Paul Island, Alaska with an average wind speed of 17.4
- What is the snowiest US City based on Average Snowfall [inches] ?
Stampede Pass, WA 440.3.
- What is the coldest US City based on Normal Daily Minimum [Deg F]?
Barrow, AK 4.1.
- What is the hottest US City based on Normal Daily Maximum [Deg F]?
Yuma, AZ 87.9.
- What US City has the Most Annual Rainfall [Inches]?
Yakutat, AK 151.25.
- Why is the sky blue?
As the visible light rays of the sun pass through our turbulent atmosphere they lose a significant amount of their blue wavelength. Due to minute particles of matter and molecules of air within the atmosphere a larger portion of blue is sctered more than any other color. This is because the blue waves are the shortest. The scattering process makes the sky take on its characteristic blue color.
- How fast do raindrops fall?
Not including wind-driven rain, raindrops fall between 7 and 18 miles per hour (3 and 8 meters per second) in still air. The range in speed depends on the the size of the raindrop. Air friction breaks up raindrops when they exceed 18 miles per hour.
- What was the name of the first weather satelite?
Tiros 1, which was launched in 1960.
- What weather disaster causes the most deaths?
According to the American Red Cross, flooding causes the most deaths.
- Where is the driest place on Earth?
A series of valleys near Ross Island in Antarctica where, for the past 2 million years at least, no rain has ever fallen.
Source: "Reader's Digest Book of Facts"
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Last Updated May 6, 2012
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