Weather 101

Cities with the Most Extreme Seasons

Data is curated by weatherdb.com

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.

#50. Pupukea, Hawaii

Temperature Difference: 27.5 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 87.6 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 60.1 Population: 5,498 County: Honolulu County  

#49. Tallahassee, Florida

Temperature Difference: 55.5
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 92.9
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 37.4

Population: 185,395
County: Leon County

#48. Monroe, Louisiana

Temperature Difference: 60.7 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 93.8 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 33.1 Population: 49,455 County: Ouachita Parish  

#47. Cleveland, Georgia

Temperature Difference: 61.7
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 85.9
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 24.2

Population: 3,624
County: White County

#46. Hickory Flat, Mississippi

Temperature Difference: 63.6 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 90.6 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 27.0 Population: 763 County: Benton County  

#45. Kershaw, South Carolina

Temperature Difference: 63.6
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 90.3
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 26.7

Population: 2,239
County: Lancaster County

#44. Statesville, North Carolina

Temperature Difference: 63.8 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 87.2 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 23.4 Population: 25,132 County: Iredell County  

#43. Newark, Delaware

Temperature Difference: 64.2
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.2
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 24.0

Population: 32,278
County: New Castle County

#42. Hohenwald, Tennessee

Temperature Difference: 64.8 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 89.4 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 24.6 Population: 3,716 County: Lewis County  

#41. Hamilton, Alabama

Temperature Difference: 65.8
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 92.0
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 26.2

Population: 6,842
County: Marion County

#40. Summer Shade, Kentucky

Temperature Difference: 66.1 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.8 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 22.7 Population: 339 County: Metcalfe County  

#39. Cumberland, Maryland

Temperature Difference: 66.3
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.7
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 22.4

Population: 20,557
County: Allegany County

#38. Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Temperature Difference: 66.3 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 82.8 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 16.5 Population: 41,136 County: Providence County  

#37. Chesapeake, Virginia

Temperature Difference: 67.2
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 89.9
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 22.7

Population: 228,168
County: Chesapeake City

#36. Bryan, Ohio

Temperature Difference: 67.9 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 84.5 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 16.6 Population: 8,523 County: Williams County  

#35. Evening Shade, Arkansas

Temperature Difference: 68.3
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 93.0
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 24.7

Population: 606
County: Sharp County

#34. Omak, Washington

Temperature Difference: 68.5 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.1 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 19.6 Population: 4,835 County: Okanogan County  

#33. Mansfield Center, Connecticut

Temperature Difference: 68.9
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 82.3
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 13.4

Population: 1,055
County: Tolland County

#32. Marlinton, West Virginia

Temperature Difference: 69.3 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 82.7 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 13.4 Population: 1,039 County: Pocahontas County  

#31. Lambertville, New Jersey

Temperature Difference: 69.4
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 87.3
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 17.9

Population: 3,876
County: Hunterdon County

#30. Lowell, Massachusetts

Temperature Difference: 70.2 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 84.3 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 14.1 Population: 108,491 County: Middlesex County  

#29. Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Temperature Difference: 71.5
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 87.4
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 15.9

Population: 5,382
County: Carbon County

#28. Albany, Missouri

Temperature Difference: 73.6 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 88.6 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 15.0 Population: 2,125 County: Gentry County  

#27. Ontario, Oregon

Temperature Difference: 74.1
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 93.7
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 19.6

Population: 11,148
County: Malheur County

#26. Fredonia, Arizona

Temperature Difference: 75.4 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 94.5 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 19.1 Population: 1,670 County: Coconino County  

#25. Lafayette, Indiana

Temperature Difference: 75.5
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 90.5
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 15.0

Population: 69,982
County: Tippecanoe County

#24. Lipscomb, Texas

Temperature Difference: 75.9 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 94.0 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 18.1 Population: 29 County: Lipscomb County  

#23. Streamwood, Illinois

Temperature Difference: 76.1
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 86.7
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 10.6

Population: 40,746
County: Cook County

#22. Lancaster, New Hampshire

Temperature Difference: 76.8 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 78.9 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 2.1 Population: 1,514 County: Coos County  

#21. Freedom, Oklahoma

Temperature Difference: 77.1
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 94.1
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 17.0

Population: 275
County: Woods County

#20. Amasa, Michigan

Temperature Difference: 77.7 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 78.2 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: .5 Population: 351 County: Iron County  

#19. Glens Falls North, New York

Temperature Difference: 77.8
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 83.4
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 5.6

Population: 8,645
County: Warren County

#18. Furnace Creek, California

Temperature Difference: 78.2 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 116.5 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 38.3 Population: 187 County: Inyo County  

#17. Dulce, New Mexico

Temperature Difference: 78.4
Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 86.5
Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 8.1

Population: 2,537
County: Rio Arriba County

#16. Russell Springs, Kansas

Temperature Difference: 79.6 Hottest Monthly Average Maximum Temperature: 92.6 Coldest Monthly Average Minimum Temperature: 13.0 Population: 22 County: Logan County  

#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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