In Loma, Montana on Jan 14-15, 1972, the temperature rose 103 degrees in one day.

October 21st, 2010. Tags: , , .

Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. In Loma, on January 14-15, 1972, the temperature went from from -45°F to 49°F — a whopping 103 degrees!

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Volcanic lava can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 30th, 2010. Tags: , , .

A large eruption can be extremely dangerous for people living near a volcano. Flows of searing lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,250 degrees Celsius) or more, can be released, burning everything in its path, including whole towns. Boulders of hardening lava can rain down on villages. Mud flows from rapidly melting snow can strip mountains and valleys bare and bury towns. Ash and toxic gases can cause lung damage and other problems, particularly for infants and the elderly. Scientists estimate that more than 260,000 people have died in the past 300 years from volcanic eruptions and their aftermath.

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Lightning is close to 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 10th, 2010. Tags: , , , .

Lightning is an atmospheric discharge of electricity accompanied by thunder, which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms. In the atmospheric electrical discharge, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 60,000 m/s (130,000 mph), and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 °C (54,000 °F), hot enough to fusesilica sand into glass channels known as fulgurites which are normally hollow and can extend some distance into the ground. There are some 16 million lightning storms in the world every year.

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