Happy Guinness World Record Day! Everyone can appreciate the unique and entertaining records set by people across the world, such as Most Canned Drinks Opened by a Parrot in One Minute, Most Apples Held in Own Mouth and Cut by Chainsaw in One Minute, and Most Shuttlecocks Caught with Chopsticks in One Minute. If you get creative and really think outside the box, you too could set a Guinness World Record.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at amazing weather records that have been created, from simultaneous snow angel making to the most rain to fall in one minute. Take a look!
Rain, rain, go away. Could you imagine 1.23″ of rain falling in a span of 60 seconds?! No. You can’t. Unless you were in Unionville, MD during this bizarre rain storm in 1956.
Other totals on this list are just as hard to comprehend. 700″ of rain in a year? That’s the height of 4 elephants stacked on top of each other or the height of an ostrich standing on top of the letters in the Hollywood sign. It’s an interesting visual, I know.
Go ahead and put Oymyakon, Russia on the list places I will never ever visit. Why do people live there? Why subject yourself to temperatures that can even get as low as -90°?? I mean, nobody would voluntarily live in the place that holds the world record for coldest temperature, right? I need answers.
Speaking of cold, here’s a world record I wish I could have been a part of. In 2007, the world record for people simultaneously making snow angels was set when 8,962 people got together and made some angels in harmony in Bismarck, ND. The people in Oymyakon would’ve broken the record but their limbs were too frozen to make the necessary movements.
In February 1959, Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl in California set the record for greatest snowfall from a single snowstorm. They received 189” of snow from the one storm! You know I love a good animal height analogy, so let me hit you with another one. 189″ is about the height of two blue whales stacked on top of each other, 38 flamingos stacked on top of each other, or even 189 cats stacked on top of each other.
On the hotter side of things, the highest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Death Valley in 1913. It got up to 134°F! In conclusion, you can add Death Valley to the same “do not visit” list that Oymyakon is on.
Do you know of any other mind-blowing weather records? Share them in the comments below!