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World: Longest Recorded Dry Period

Record Value 173 months (14.42 years)
Date of Record 10 [October] / 1903 - 1 [January] / 1918
Length of Record  
Geospatial Location Arica, Chile [18°29'S, 70°18'W, elevation: 65m (213ft)]


Krause, P.F. and Flood, K.L., 1997: Weather and Climate Extremes, TEC-0099 (September, 1997), US Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandra VA 22315-3864, pp. 89, p. 42; Schmidli, 1983: Weather Extremes, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Lane, F.W., 1986: The Violent Earth, Salem House, Topsfield Massachusetts, pp. 224, p. 122; Brooks, Charles F., 1935: Why the Weather? Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, pp. 295, p. 65; Dennis, Jerry, 1992: It's Raining Frogs and Fishes (Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky), Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 323, p. 29-30


The world's lowest average yearly precipitation in 0.03" (0.08 cm) during a 59-year period at Arica Chile. Lane notes that no rainfall has ever been recorded at Calama in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Brooks notes that "the rain which occurred in desert Peru and northern Chile in 1925 was said to have been for some places the first within historic times." Dennis notes, "No rain fell from October 1903 to January 1918 (more than 14 years)."

Arica, Chile

Closeup Satellite Image of modern Arica, Chile

Arica, Chile

Regional Satellite Image of modern Arica, Chile