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World's Worst Weather Quiz
by Staff
Some places on Earth have consistently unpleasant weather and downright disgusting climates. How much do you know about the world's worst weather?

Where was the coldest temperature recorded?

  • Alaska
  • Siberia
  • Antarctica

What was the record low temperature in our previous question?

  • -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -112.3 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -105.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Where was the highest wind speed in human history recorded?

  • Australia
  • New Hampshire
  • Mali

What is the highest wind speed ever recorded atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire?

  • 244 mph
  • 231 mph
  • 198 mph

Where is the driest (non-polar) desert on Earth?

  • Sahara Desert
  • Atacama Desert
  • Syrian Desert

What caused the damage in Australia's costliest natural disaster?

  • hail
  • wind
  • lightning

How much rain does Mawsynram, India receive each year?

  • 467 inches
  • 292 inches
  • 612 inches

Which country averages the greatest number of tornadoes per year?

  • U.S.
  • China
  • Australia

Which country experiences the second greatest number of tornadoes?

  • Canada
  • China
  • Russia

What's the average high temperature in January in Oymyakon, Russia?

  • -12.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -20.1 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -44.5 degrees Fahrenheit

How much rain does the Central Sahara desert receive each year?

  • less than an inch
  • about 6 inches
  • about 10 inches

In January, what is the average daily temperature in Verkhoyansk, Russia?

  • -80.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -50.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -30.4 degrees Fahrenheit

Where is the snowiest place on Earth?

  • Glacier National Park, British Colombia
  • Nagano, Japan
  • Washington state

In 1936, how big were the hailstones that struck during a severe storm in South Africa?

  • the size of coconuts
  • the size of bowling balls
  • the size of softballs

What's the median temperature for Mount Logan, which is located in Yukon, Canada?

  • 10 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • -17 degrees Fahrenheit

Which U.S. state tends to record the greatest number of tornadoes each year?

  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Kansas

On which continent would you be most likely to experience the Screaming Sixties, a nickname for very strong westerly winds?

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica

What was the highest temperature ever recorded at Death Valley in California?

  • 130 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 134 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 136 degrees Fahrenheit

Where is the Dasht-e Loot desert located?

  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Iran

What's the hottest surface temperature recorded in the Dasht-e Loot desert?

  • 138 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 144 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 159 degrees Fahrenheit

How many mountain climbers have ascended K2, the second highest mountain in the world, during the winter time?

  • zero
  • three
  • eight

Where was the biggest hailstone ever recorded found?

  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • South Dakota

Which city has the highest average wind speed?

  • Vancouver, British Colombia
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming

On average, which continent has the driest, coldest and windiest climate?

  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • South America

What's the average wind speed in Chicago, nicknamed "The Windy City"?

  • about 10 mph
  • about 14 mph
  • about 16 mph

In 2012, how much damage did baseball-sized hail cause in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas?

  • $900 million
  • $1.8 billion
  • $3.1 billion

Ross Island is located off the coast of Antarctica. How many months per year does the island average temperatures above freezing?

  • none
  • one
  • two

A town in which state calls itself the "Icebox of the Nation"?

  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Minnesota

What is the average low temperature in June in Fraser, Colorado?

  • 29 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 32 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 36 degrees Fahrenheit

What was the highest temperature ever recorded at Vostok Station in Antarctica?

  • 21 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 10 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 2 degrees Fahrenheit