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Lots of amazing, interesting and true facts about the weather — from the foggiest place in the world to the hottest. Learn and share these facts and amaze your friends, today!

  • Meteorology is the science that deals with the phenomena of the atmosphere, especially weather and weather conditions.
  • A bolt of lightning can travel at up to 136,000mph and reach temperatures of 30,000 °Celsius.
  • Ice in the Antarctic is more than 2.5 miles thick in places.
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    The worst hurricane in U.S. history happened in 1900 in Galveston, Texas, where 8,000 people died.

  • If 10 cm of snow melts in a glass it would produce only about 1 cm of water.
  • The windiest place on Earth is Port Martin, in Antarctica.
  • The South Pole is the least sunny place.
  • The title of the foggiest place on Earth goes to Grand Banks on the Atlantic coast of Canada.
  • A red hot 58 °Celsius is the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet. This happened in Libya.
  • Dallol in Ethiopia, Africa, is the hottest place in the world.
  • One of the driest places on earth is Arica in Chile (South America). A coffee cup would take around 100 years to fill!
  • It is so cold in some areas of Russia that they sell milk in frozen cubes.
  • The world’s biggest snowflake was 38 cm wide and 20 cm thick.
  • Every winter around one septillion snowflakes fall from the sky! That’s a one with 24 zeros following it!
  • US government study showed that one small thunderstorm held more than 33 million gallons of water.
  • Ice storms are dangerous types of weather which can leave everything covered in ice.
  • Tornadoes can generate winds up to 300mph.
  • Lightning is 5 times hotter then the surface of the sun.
  • One lightning bolt has enough electricity to service 200 000 homes.
  • Just in 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
  • There are ten main types of cloud which can be seen in the sky. These include Cirrus, Stratus and Cumulus.
  • Rain contains vitamin B12.

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