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Big, bigger, the biggest

In this article, we look at world records for temperature, rainfall and wind.

The wettest
On average, wettest place in the world is the village of Cherrapunji in India. It has average rainfall of 12,649 mm year. However, this rainfall is not the highest ever recorded. Mount Waialeale is in Hawaii in Pacific Ocean and region recorded 1,870 mm in 24-hour period from March 15th to 16th, 1952.

The driest
Some websites say that the Atacama Desert in South America is the driest place on Earth. On average, the region has 1 mm of rain per year. However, the driest place in the world is Antarctica. There has been no rain on this continent for at least two million years. Water in air freezes and becomes ice so it never rains.

The windiest
Some websites say that Mount Washington in the United States is the windiest place on Earth. The record wind speed is 370 kph. However, on average, the windiest place in world is Antarctica. The continent often has winds of 300 kph. These winds start on mountains of Antarctica. Cold air flows down these mountains and gets faster and faster.