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15 US cities with the most extreme seasons

By Kelsey Warner, Graphiq | Posted - May 8th, 2016 @ 10:18am



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SALT LAKE CITY — While residents of temperate climates enjoy the warm spring weather, others around the country are preparing for the worst. Spring daffodils can easily be buried by spring blizzards. Those who live in cities with unpredictable weather are no strangers to drastic temperature swings. They are typically well prepared with an adaptable wardrobe and adequate equipment. Although areas with huge yearly temperature swings might require taking extra precautions, they provide the benefit of entertaining weather that will keep residents guessing.

The data experts at WeatherDB determined the city in each state that have the largest temperature swings using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In order to determine differences in temperature throughout the year, we subtracted each city’s coldest monthly average minimum temperature from its hottest monthly average maximum temperature. This is based on 1981-2010 temperature normals. We also provide the population of each city, according to the 2014 American Community Survey data. The cities are ranked with the temperature differences in ascending order.

Note: All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit. Some ties occurred when we rounded to the nearest tenth but none exist in the original calculations.

#15. Rock Rapids, Iowa

Temperature Difference: 79.7
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 84.9
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 5.2

Population: 2,579
County: Lyon County

#14. Golconda, Nevada

Temperature Difference: 80.0
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 94.7
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 14.7

Population: 271
County: Humboldt County

#13. Enosburg Falls, Vermont

Temperature Difference: 80.0
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 80.6
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: .6

Population: 1,322
County: Franklin County

#12. Lynch, Nebraska

Temperature Difference: 80.3
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 87.8
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 7.5

Population: 244
County: Boyd County

#11. Stanley, Idaho

Temperature Difference: 80.9
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 79.1
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -1.8

Population: 96
County: Custer County

#10. Hayward, Wisconsin

Temperature Difference: 82.3
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 81.5
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -.8

Population: 1,951
County: Sawyer County

#9. Van Buren, Maine

Temperature Difference: 83.2
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 76.0
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -7.2

Population: 1,999
County: Aroostook County

#8. Pollock, South Dakota

Temperature Difference: 83.2
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 86.3
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 3.1

Population: 172
County: Campbell County

#7. Wolf Point, Montana

Temperature Difference: 85.8
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.9
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 3.1

Population: 2,730
County: Roosevelt County

#6. Willow City, North Dakota

Temperature Difference: 86.4
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 80.3
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -6.1

Population: 204
County: Bottineau County

#5. Rangely, Colorado

Temperature Difference: 87.5
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 91.0
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 3.5

Population: 2,205
County: Rio Blanco County

#4. Hallock, Minnesota

Temperature Difference: 88.1
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 79.8
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -8.3

Population: 883
County: Kittson County

#3. Greybull, Wyoming

Temperature Difference: 88.3
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 89.8
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 1.5

Population: 2,116
County: Big Horn County

#2. Ballard, Utah

Temperature Difference: 89.8
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 92.5
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 2.7

Population: 748
County: Uintah County

#1. Chicken, Alaska

Temperature Difference: 100.9
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 71.0
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: -29.9

Population: 12
County: Southeast Fairbanks Census Area

Population estimate for Chicken, Alaska comes from 2010 census data.

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