Fun Facts to start off your New Year

Fun Facts to start off your New Year
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Weather Talk
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:51pm

Happy New Years everyone!!

Well to start off the new year, I thought it would be nice to share some weather knowledge. Helpful and fun weather knowledge, so next time you are around your friends you can surprise them with quirky facts.

#1) If for whatever reason you don't have all the fancy gadgets we can't live with out now a days, and you need to know the temperature outside, let Jimminy Cricket help you out!

Listening to the chirps of crickets can give you a rough estimate of what the temperature outdoors is on the Fahrenheit temperature scale. All you have to do is count the amount of chirps you hear in fifteen seconds and add 37.

#2) We all know the Rio Grande Valley can get pretty rainy, but do you know the wettest place in the United States? If you were thinking about Hawaii, you are spot on!

Hilo, Hawaii is the wettest city in the United States with an average annual precipitation of 128 inches! To put this into perspective, one inch of rain falling over one acre of land is over 27,000 gallons of water or over 226,000 pounds of water.

#3) We've all heard of golf size hail, but what about soccer ball size hail?

The largest hail stone ever discovered was found in Nebraska and its circumference was that of a soccer ball! (

#4) We all know lightning is not only a gorgeous spectacle to witness, but it can be pretty deadly too.

Did you know the temperature of a typical lightning bolt can reach 50,000 F degrees? This is 5 times greater than the temperature of the surface of the Sun! (

Also, glass forms when lightning strikes into sandy soil. After a storm you can find strips of glass in the sand.

#5) We are all well aware of hurricanes. But did you know...

Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.

And we all know about Jupiter's red spot, but do you know what it is? Yup it's a hurricane!

Jupiter has a hurricane which has been going on for over 300 years. It can be seen as a red spot on the planet. This hurricane on Jupiter is bigger than the Earth itself. (

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