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It snowed in Marianna in 1895 (courtesy Florida Photographic Archives)

  • Wettest city in Florida: Wewahitchka, with an average annual rainfall of 69 inches
  • Record one-day rainfall in the Apalachicola region: Wewahitchka, which got 10.4 inches on one day in 1965 (one inch shy of the state record, which was set in Milton in 1975)
  • Florida weather station recording the most rain in any 12-month period: Wewahitchka wins again, with 112 inches in 1965-66

  • State with the most thunderstorms: Florida (along the coast, thunderstorms occur nearly 70 days per year)

  • Highest temperature ever recorded in Florida: 109 degrees F (Monticello, June 29, 1931, 207 feet above mean sea level)
  • Highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S.: 134 degrees F (Greenland Ranch, California, Jul. 10, 1913; elevation 178 feet below mean sea level)

  • Lowest temperature ever recorded in Florida through 2000: -2 degrees F (Tallahassee, February 2, 1899, elevation 193 feet above mean sea level)
  • Lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States through 2000: -80 degrees F (Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, January 23, 1971, elevation 1,100 feet above mean sea level)

    Sources:

    Henry, J.A., K.M. Portier, and J. Coyne. 1994. The climate and weather of Florida. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, Florida.

    National Climatic Data Center. 2002. Monthly Station Normals of Temperature, Precipitation, and Heating and Cooling Degree Days 1971-2000. 08 Florida. Climatography of the United States No. 81. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC. Available at U.S. Climate Normals.

    National Climatic Data Center. No date. Record highest temperatures by state (thru December 2000). Available from NOAA as a pdf.

    National Climatic Data Center. No date. Record lowest temperatures by state (thru December 2000). Available from NOAA as a pdf.

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