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Most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

  • Most extreme temperatures in the history of every state
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    Most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

    While it may feel like some of the recent weather phenomena are destined for the history books, the 2019 polar vortex will become one of a long history of intense U.S. winters on record. Notable temperatures aren’t just limited to the cold months, either. A number of areas in the U.S. often experience their most dramatic weather in the summertime. In fact, more than 210° F separates the highest and the lowest temperatures on record in the United States.

    To establish the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state, Stacker consulted data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAAState Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC). The research team also noted the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

    Grab a blanket, but keep your sunglasses close, and read on to find out individual state records in alphabetical order. Get ready to learn where the temperature hit 134° F—the highest ever recorded in the U.S.—and which two states hold the distinct honor as the locations having the coldest temperatures at -80° F and -70° F.

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  • Alabama
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    Alabama

    - All-time highest temperature: 112° F (Centreville on Sept. 6, 1925)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -27° F (New Market 2 on Jan. 30, 1966)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 32.52 inches (Dauphin Island #2 on July 19–20, 1997)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 20 inches (Walnut Grove on March 13, 1993)

  • Alaska
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    Alaska

    - All-time highest temperature: 100° F (Fort Yukon on June 27, 1915)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -80° F (Prospect Creek on Jan. 23, 1971)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 15.05 inches (Seward Airport on Oct. 10, 1986)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 78 inches (Mile 47 Camp on Feb. 9, 1963)

  • Arizona
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    Arizona

    - All-time highest temperature: 128° F (Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -40° F (Hawley Lake on Jan. 7, 1971)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.4 inches (Workman Creek 1 on Sept. 4–5, 1970)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 38 inches (Heber (Black Mesa) Ranger Station on Dec. 14, 1967)

  • Arkansas
    5/ tonitunes // Flickr

    Arkansas

    - All-time highest temperature: 120° F (Ozark on Aug. 10, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -29° F (Gravette on Feb. 13, 1905)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.06 inches (Big Fork 1 SSE on Dec. 3, 1982)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 25 inches (Corning on Jan. 22, 1918)

  • California
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    California

    - All-time highest temperature: 134° F (Greenland Ranch on July 10, 1913)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -45° F (Boca on Jan. 20, 1937)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 25.83 inches (Hoegees Fc 60 A on Jan. 22–23, 1943)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 67 inches (Echo Summit Sierra at Tahoe on Jan. 5, 1982)

  • Colorado
    7/ Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve // Flickr

    Colorado

    - All-time highest temperature: 114° F (Las Animas on July 1, 1933)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -61° F (Maybell on Feb. 1, 1985)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.85 inches (USGS Rod & Gun (Ft. Carson) on Sept. 12, 2013)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 75.8 inches (Silver Lake on April 14–15, 1921)

  • Connecticut
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    Connecticut

    - All-time highest temperature: 106° F (Torrington on Aug. 23, 1916)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -32° F (Falls Village on Feb. 16, 1943)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 12.77 inches (Burlington on Aug. 19, 1955)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Ansonia 1 NE on Feb. 8–9, 2013)

  • Delaware
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    Delaware

    - All-time highest temperature: 110° F (Millsboro on July 21, 1930)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -17° F (Millsboro on Jan. 17, 1893)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 8.5 inches (Dover on July 13, 1975)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 25 inches (Dover on Feb. 19, 1979)

  • Florida
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    Florida

    - All-time highest temperature: 109° F (Monticello 5 SE on June 29, 1931)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -2° F (Tallahassee on Feb. 13, 1899)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 23.28 inches (Key West International Airport on Nov. 11–12, 1980)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 4 inches (Milton Experiment Station on March 6, 1954)

  • Georgia
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    Georgia

    - All-time highest temperature: 112° F (Greenville on Aug. 20, 1983)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -17° F (CCC Fire Camp F-16 (near Beatum) on Jan. 27, 1940)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 21.1 inches (Americus on July 6, 1994)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 19.3 inches (Cedartown on March 3, 1942)

  • Hawaii
    12/ NOAA Photo Library // Flickr

    Hawaii

    - All-time highest temperature: 100° F (Pahala 21 on April 27, 1931)
    - All-time lowest temperature: 12° F (Mauna Kea Observatory 111. on May 17, 1979)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 38 inches (Kilauea 1134 on Jan. 24–25, 1956)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 6.5 inches (Haleakala on Feb. 2, 1936)

  • Idaho
    13/ Boise Metro Chamber // Flickr

    Idaho

    - All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Orofino on July 28, 1934)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -60° F (Island Park on Jan. 18, 1943)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 7.17 inches (Rattlesnake Creek on Nov. 23, 1909)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 31 inches (Anderson Dam on Dec. 18, 1967)

  • Illinois
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    Illinois

    - All-time highest temperature: 117° F (East St Louis Parks College on July 14, 1954)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -36° F (Congerville 2NW on Jan. 5, 1999)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 16.91 inches (Aurora on July 18, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Astoria on Feb. 28, 1900)

  • Indiana
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    Indiana

    - All-time highest temperature: 116° F (Collegeville St Joseph County Airport on July 14, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -36° F (New Whiteland on Jan. 19, 1994)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 10.5 inches (Princeton 1 W on Aug. 6, 1905)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 33 inches (Salem on Dec. 23, 2004)

  • Iowa
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    Iowa

    - All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Keokuk No 2 on July 20, 1934)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -47° F (Elkader 6 SSW on Feb. 3, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.18 inches (Atlantic 1 NE on June 14, 1998)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 24 inches (Lenox on April 20, 1918)

  • Kansas
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    Kansas

    - All-time highest temperature: 121° F (Fredonia on July 18, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -40° F (Lebanon on Feb. 13, 1905)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: Data not available 
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 30 inches (Pratt 3NW on March 28, 2009)

  • Kentucky
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    Kentucky

    - All-time highest temperature: 114° F (Greensburg on July 28, 1930)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -37° F (Shelbyville 1 E on Jan. 19, 1994)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 10.48 inches (Louisville WFO on March 1, 1997)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 26 inches (Simers on March 3, 1942)

  • Louisiana
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    Louisiana

    - All-time highest temperature: 114° F (Plain Dealing on Aug. 10, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -16° F (Minden on Feb. 13, 1899)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 22 inches (Hackberry 8 SSW on Aug. 28–29, 1962)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 13 inches (Colfax on Feb. 13, 1960)

  • Maine
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    Maine

    - All-time highest temperature: 105° F (North Bridgton on July 10, 1911)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (Big Black River (near Saint Pamphile, Pq) on Jan. 16, 2009)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.32 inches (Portland Jetport on October 20–21, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 40 inches (Orono on Dec. 30, 1962)

  • Maryland
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    Maryland

    - All-time highest temperature: 109° F (Cumberland on Aug. 6, 1918)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -40° F (Oakland 1 SE on Jan. 13, 1912)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.75 inches (Jewell on July 26–27, 1897)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 31 inches (Clear Spring 1 ENE on March 29, 1942)

  • Massachusetts
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    Massachusetts

    - All-time highest temperature: 107° F (Chester 2 on Aug. 2, 1975)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -35° F (Coldbrook on Feb. 15, 1943)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 18.15 inches (Westfield on Aug. 18–19, 1955)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 29 inches (Natick on April 1, 1997)

  • Michigan
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    Michigan

    - All-time highest temperature: 112° F (Stanwood on July 13, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -51° F (Vanderbilt 11ENE on Feb. 9, 1934)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 9.78 inches (Bloomingdale on Aug. 31, 1914)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 32 inches (Herman on Dec. 2, 1985)

  • Minnesota
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    Minnesota

    - All-time highest temperature: 115° F (Beardsley on July 29, 1917)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -60° F (Tower 2S on Feb. 2, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 15.1 inches (Hokah Waste Water Treatment Plant on Aug. 19, 2007)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center on Jan. 7, 1994)

  • Mississippi
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    Mississippi

    - All-time highest temperature: 115° F (Holly Springs 2 N on July 29, 1930)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -19° F (Corinth 7 SW on Jan. 30, 1966)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 15.68 inches (Columbus 4 ESE on July 9, 1968)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 18 inches (Tunica 2 N on Dec. 23, 1963)

  • Missouri
    26/ Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS // Flickr

    Missouri

    - All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Warsaw 1 on July 14, 1954)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -40° F (Warsaw 1 on Feb. 13, 1905)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 18.18 inches (Edgerton on July 20, 1965)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 24 inches (Jackson on Feb. 25, 1979)

  • Montana
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    Montana

    - All-time highest temperature: 117° F (Glendive on July 20, 1893)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -70° F (Rogers Pass on Jan. 20, 1954)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.5 inches (Springbrook on June 20, 1921)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 48 inches (Millegan 14 SE on Dec. 27, 2003)

  • Nebraska
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    Nebraska

    - All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Geneva on July 15, 1934)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -47° F (Oshkosh on Dec. 22, 1989)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.15 inches (York on July 8–9, 1950)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 27 inches (Dalton on Dec. 21, 2006)

  • Nevada
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    Nevada

    - All-time highest temperature: 125° F (Laughlin on June 29, 1994)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (San Jacinto on Jan. 8, 1937)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 7.78 inches (Mt. Charleston Fire Station on Oct. 20, 2004)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Dagget Pass on Dec. 21, 1996)

  • New Hampshire
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    New Hampshire

    - All-time highest temperature: 106° F (Nashua 2 Nnw on July 4, 1911)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (Mount Washington on Jan. 22, 1885)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.07 inches (Mount Washington on Oct. 20–21, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 49.3 inches (Mount Washington on Feb. 25, 1969)

  • New Jersey
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    New Jersey

    - All-time highest temperature: 110° F (Runyon on July 10, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -34° F (River Vale on Jan. 5, 1904)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.81 inches (Tuckerton 2 Ne on Aug. 19–20, 1939)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 32 inches (Rutherford on Dec. 14, 1915)

  • New Mexico
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    New Mexico

    - All-time highest temperature: 122° F (Waste Isolt'n Pilot Plt on June 27, 1994)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (Gavilan on Feb. 1, 1951)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.28 inches (Lake Maloya on May 18–19, 1955)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 41 inches (Kelly Ranch on Feb. 3, 1964)

  • New York
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    New York

    - All-time highest temperature: 108° F (Troy on July 22, 1926)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -52° F (Old Forge on Feb. 18, 1979)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.57 inches (Islip-Long Island MacArthur Airport on Aug. 12–13, 2014)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 49 inches (Watertown on Nov. 14–15, 1900)

  • North Carolina
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    North Carolina

    - All-time highest temperature: 110° F (Fayetteville Regional Airport Grannis Field on Aug. 21, 1983)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -34° F (Mt. Mitchell on Jan. 21, 1985)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 22.22 inches (Altapass on July 15–16, 1916)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Mt. Mitchell on March 13, 1993)

  • North Dakota
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    North Dakota

    - All-time highest temperature: 121° F (Steele 4N on July 6, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -60° F (Parshall on Feb. 15, 1936)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 8.1 inches (Litchville 2NW on June 29, 1975)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 27 inches (Minot International Airport on April 27, 1984)

  • Ohio
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    Ohio

    - All-time highest temperature: 113° F (Gallipolis on July 21, 1934)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -39° F (Milligan on Feb. 10, 1899)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 10.75 inches (Lockington Dam (near Sidney, Shelby Co.) on August 7–8, 1995)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 30 inches (Warren 3 S on April 20, 1901)

  • Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma

    - All-time highest temperature: 120° F (Poteau on Aug. 10, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -31° F (Nowata on Feb. 10, 2011)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 15.68 inches (Enid on Oct. 11, 1973)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 27 inches (Spavinaw on Feb. 9–10, 2011)

  • Oregon
    38/ OregonDOT // Flickr

    Oregon

    - All-time highest temperature: 119° F (Pendleton Downtown on Aug. 10, 1898)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -54° F (Seneca on Feb. 10, 1933)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.77 inches (Nehalem 9 NE on Nov. 6, 2006)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 47 inches (Hood River Experiment Station on Jan. 9, 1980)

  • Pennsylvania
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    Pennsylvania

    - All-time highest temperature: 111° F (Phoenixville 1 E on July 10, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -42° F (Smethport on Jan. 5, 1904)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.5 inches (York 3 SSW Pump Sation on June 22, 1972)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 38 inches (Morgantown on March 20, 1958)

  • Rhode Island
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    Rhode Island

    - All-time highest temperature: 104° F (Providence on Aug. 2, 1975)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -28° F (Wood River Junction on Jan. 11, 1942)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 12.13 inches (Westerly 1 W on Sept. 16–17, 1932)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 30 inches (Woonsocket on Feb. 7, 1978)

  • South Carolina
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    South Carolina

    - All-time highest temperature: 113° F (Columbia Univ. of S.C. on June 29, 2012)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -19° F (Caesars Head on Jan. 21, 1985)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.8 inches (Myrtle Beach on Sept. 16, 1999)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 24 inches (Rimini 2 SSW on Feb. 9–10, 1973)

  • South Dakota
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    South Dakota

    - All-time highest temperature: 120° F (Fort Pierre 17 WSW on July 15, 2006)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -58° F (McIntosh 6 SE on Feb. 17, 1936)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 8.74 inches (Groton on May 6, 2007)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 52 inches (Lead on March 14, 1973)

  • Tennessee
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    Tennessee

    - All-time highest temperature: 113° F (Perryville on Aug. 9, 1930)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -32° F (Mountain City on Dec. 30, 1917)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.6 inches (Milan Exp Station on Sept. 13, 1982)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 30 inches (Mt. Leconte on March 14, 1993)

  • Texas
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    Texas

    - All-time highest temperature: 120° F (Seymour 3NW on Aug. 12, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -23° F (Tulia Near on Feb. 12, 1899)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 42 inches (Alvin on July 25–26, 1979)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 26 inches (Hillsboro on December 20–21, 1929)

  • Utah
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    Utah

    - All-time highest temperature: 117° F (St. George on July 5, 1985)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (East Portal on Jan. 5, 1913)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 5.08 inches (Deer Creek Dam on Feb. 1, 1963)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 38 inches (Alta on Dec. 2, 1982)

  • Vermont
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    Vermont

    - All-time highest temperature: 107° F (Vernon on July 7, 1912)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -50° F (Bloomfield on Dec. 30, 1933)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 9.92 inches (Mount Mansfield on Sept. 17, 1999)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 42 inches (Jay Peak on Feb. 5, 1995)

  • Virginia
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    Virginia

    - All-time highest temperature: 110° F (Balcony Falls on July 15, 1954)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -30° F (Mount Lake Biological Station on Jan. 21, 1985)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.28 inches (Williamsburg 2 N on Sept. 16, 1999)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 33.5 inches (Luray 5 E on March 3, 1994)

  • Washington
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    Washington

    - All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Ice Harbor Dam on Aug. 5, 1961)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -48° F (Winthrop 1 WSW on Dec. 30, 1968)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 14.26 inches (Mount Mitchell #2 on November 23–24, 1986)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 65 inches (Crystal Mountain Ski Resort on Feb. 24, 1994)

  • West Virginia
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    West Virginia

    - All-time highest temperature: 112° F (Moorefield 1 SSE on Aug. 4, 1930)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -37° F (Lewisburg 3 N on Dec. 30, 1917)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 12.02 inches (Brushy Run on June 18, 1949)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 35 inches (Flat Top on Jan. 27–28, 1998)

  • Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin

    - All-time highest temperature: 114° F (Wisconsin Dells on July 13, 1936)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -55° F (Couderay 7 W on Feb. 2, 1996)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 11.72 inches (Mellen 4 NE on June 24, 1946)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 26 inches (Neillsville 3ESE on Dec. 26–27, 1904)

  • Wyoming
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    Wyoming

    - All-time highest temperature: 115° F (Basin on Aug. 8, 1983)
    - All-time lowest temperature: -66° F (Riverside Ranger Station, Yellowstone National Park) on Feb. 9, 1933)
    - All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 6.06 inches (Cheyenne WSFO Airport on Aug. 1, 1985)
    - All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 49 inches (Hunters Station on March 21, 1924)

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