Changes to BatchGeo’s Free Maps

Over 250,000 active users have created more than 10 million BatchGeo maps! We’re delighted to help so many people visualize their location data.

As you might imagine, providing maps at that scale is expensive. For 10 years, we’ve supported our service with the fast and flexible BatchGeo Pro. Our customers, heavy map users who value additional speed and features, have enabled us to continue to offer a generous free plan.

Recently Google caused some concerns when it announced new pricing for its map service, which BatchGeo is built upon. Previously, we’ve used the free version of Google Maps for our own free maps. Due to the changes, we need to find a new approach for the most popular free maps.

We need to make sure we can cover the additional costs. Currently we are proactively reaching out to free users with extremely high usage to upgrade to a paid plan. We hope the value we’ve provided over the years is worth a small subscription fee.

At the same time, the team is working on a way to view your usage, so you know whether you’ll need to upgrade. At this point, action is only required if you’ve heard from us.

Questions about BatchGeo Pricing

Is BatchGeo still free?

Yes, you can create basic maps on BatchGeo for no charge. Due to changes in Google’s pricing, we’ve had to limit users with significant usage of our free maps.

What happens if I don’t subscribe to BatchGeo?

If you received an email from us, your usage may become limited without subscribing to BatchGeo. We may restrict new maps and your current maps may not be viewable.

You can find out more about BatchGeo Pro here.

If you have questions not answered above, email us and we’ll get back to you.

Sizzling & Shivering Temperatures: Most Extreme Temperatures Mapped

We mapped the one hundred hottest and coldest extreme temperatures by state. That’s 50 scorchingly high temperatures that will make your face sweat just thinking about them and 50 goosebump-inducingly low temperatures that will have you shivering in your seat.

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Do you think your city has the bragging rights when it comes to extremely hot or cold weather in your state? Check out the map above to see if your city makes the cut, or read on for the extremes of the extremes, same state differences, and other insights into the highest and lowest temperature per state.

Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me: the Five Hottest Temperatures Ever Recorded

Although we mapped over 100 of the most extreme temperatures the United States has ever seen, there are still the extremes of the extremes. Below is a list of the top five hottest temperatures ever recorded in the U.S. Feel free to crack your morning eggs on the sidewalk and watch as they fry in these five sizzling cities:

  1. Furnace Creek, California 134 °F
  2. Lake Havasu City, Arizona 128 °F
  3. Laughlin, Nevada 125 °F
  4. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico 122 °F
  5. Steele, North Dakota 121 °F

The five hottest temperatures ever recorded in the United States all come in at over 120 °F. The number one hottest temperature occurred in Furnace Creek, California when the city reached a scorching 134 °F (57 °C) way back on July 10th, 1913. In fact, all of the top five hottest temperatures occurred during the 20th century. The number two slot for hottest temperature in the U.S. goes to Lake Havasu City in Arizona. Lake Havasu City residents sure did sweat on June 29th, 1994 when the temperature reached a high of 128 °F (53 °C). On that same day, in the same year, Laughlin, Nevada also broke records with a temperature measuring in at 125 °F (52 °C.) June 1994 can be classified as a record-breaking month, as just two days prior to Lake Havasu City and Laughlin’s heatwaves, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico reached 122 °F. The last of the top five hottest temperatures was July 6, 1936, when Steele, North Dakota’s temperatures soared to 121 °F.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: the Five Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded

While all of the extremely low temperatures we mapped are enough to make you want to bundle up, the five extremes of the extremes range from -61 °F to -80 °F, enough to make throw your cares about the electric bill out the window and crank the heater.

  1. Prospect Creek, Alaska -80 °F
  2. Lincoln, Montana -70 °F
  3. Peter Sinks, Utah -69 °F
  4. Moran, Wyoming -63 °F
  5. Maybell, Colorado -61 °F

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States occurred in Prospect Creek, Alaska. On January 23, 1971, Prospect Creek hit a record-breaking low of -80 °F (-62 °C). Prospect Creek’s record-breaking extreme temperature is at least 10 degrees colder than the rest of the top five most extreme low temperatures on our list. On January 20, 1954, in Lincoln, Montana the temperature dropped to -70 °F. The third and the fifth coldest temperature on our list both occurred on the same day, in the same year. On February 1st, 1985, both Peter Sinks, Utah and Maybell, Colorado blew the records out of the water with freezing temperatures in the -60s. Peter Sinks, Utah hit -69 °F on this monumental day, and Maybell, Colorado came in at freezing -61 °F. In between the two February 1sters sits Moran, Wyoming, whose extreme cold temperature also took place in February. On February 9, 1933 residents and visitors of Moran had to endure temperatures hitting a low of -63 °F.

East or West, Which Coast is Most Extreme?

Because we mapped the data, we can more easily see trends we may not have seen otherwise. For example, when looking at the map, we can see that one side of the country stands out as home to the most extreme of the extreme temperatures.

By sorting the map by the Extreme Temperature (°F) type and only selecting the most extreme ranges on the map, “134-116” for highs and both “-69 – -80” and “-50 – -63” for lows, the map shows us that the West Coast is home to the most extreme temps.

The 10 cities that make up the top 10 most extreme temperatures are mostly located in the Mountain States of the West. Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming all constitute the western geographical region in the U.S. known as the Mountain States. These states are also home to seven of the top 10 cities with the most extreme temperatures ever recorded.

The Mountain States are home to the highest mountain peaks in the United States, the Rocky Mountains, hence the reason for the name Mountain States. In addition to mountains, the Mountain States are also home to all of the major deserts in North America. The Mountain States’ geographical makeup combined with the fact that the eight mountain states (Idaho is the eighth not represented on our top 10 extreme temperatures list) have the highest mean elevation of all 50 U.S. states may be why they are home to seven out of 10 of the most extreme temperatures.

The three other states with cities that make up the top 10 most extreme temperatures are Alaska, California, and North Dakota. Funnily enough, those three states combined with the Mountain States make up the entirety of the West. The West is home to the all of the top 10 most extreme temperatures.

Largest Statewide Differences in Temperature

If you thought a state with a sweltering high temperature in the 100’s wouldn’t be able to sink below parka-wearing temperatures, you would be wrong. In fact, all of the eight cities in the four states below have seen temperature differences of over 180 degrees.

City State Extreme Temperature (°F) Type Date Difference
Fort Yukon Alaska 100 High June 27, 1915 180
Prospect Creek Alaska -80 Low January 23, 1971 180
Steele North Dakota 121 High July 6, 1936 181
Parshall North Dakota -60 Low February 15, 1936 181
Saint George Utah 117 High July 5, 1985 186
Peter Sinks Utah -69 Low February 1, 1985 186
Medicine Lake Montana 117 High July 5, 1937 187
Lincoln Montana -70 Low January 20, 1954 187

Something to note is that all of the largest temperature differences also hail from western states.

Longest Standing Records

While the West can claim the extremes of the extreme temperatures and the largest temperature differences, the East can brag about their long-standing records. The top five longest-standing extreme temperature records are all frigidly low temperatures that occurred in the late 1800s in Eastern states. These old records range from -15 to -47 °F.

The longest standing record took place in Randolph, New Hampshire on January 22nd, 1885. There has not been a lower temperature in New Hampshire since Randolph hit -47 °F. The next longest standing record goes Millsboro, Delaware back on January 17th, 1893. Since the city hit -17 °F that day, no other city in Delaware has reached a lower temperature. The third longest standing record occurred in Milligan, Ohio. The city is home to the lowest temperature the state of Ohio has ever seen at -39 °F which took place on February 10, 1899. The coldest temperature Washington D.C. has ever experienced happened way back on February 11, 1899. On this day, the U.S.’s capital hit a low of -15 °F, and nothing has surpassed it since. Minden, Louisiana hit a low of -16 °F on February 13, 1899, and the city has never experienced anything colder since. While Louisiana is more of a south-eastern state, all of the longest standing record holders have ties to the East.

If your city didn’t quite make this list, don’t sweat it. You can map more than two of your own state’s extreme temperatures with BatchGeo in seconds. And if you’re curious to know more about your state, be sure to check out Flashcard Maps: Learn US State Capitals, Flowers, and Birds.

Drinking Age Across the Globe

In many countries, the age at which you can legally have a drink is seen as a milestone in one’s life. That age has also long been debated. Should the drinking age coincide with a country’s voting age, military draft age, the age at which you may purchase a lottery ticket, or rent a car? Or should it be an age unto itself? The drinking age in the U.S. is 21, although this is not the case in every other country, or even in some states within the U.S. Some countries even prefer not to enact such constraints. The drinking age in Ireland, for example, is nonexistent in a private residence.

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Take a look at the rest of the drinking ages of all the world’s countries on the map above, or read on for more insights.

Most Common Legal Drinking Ages

The most common drinking age around the world may be a bit surprising as it is “none.” Almost half, or 83 out of the 178 countries (47%) on our list do not have any sort of minimum drinking age requirement. However, many of these countries do have a minimum purchase age varying from 14 to 20 years old. In these countries, minors can have a drink in the comfort of their own home at any age, but in public they are restricted. Many of these countries have age specifications on the ABV, or alcohol by volume, as well as the type of alcohol being consumed. For example, in Belgium, beers, wines, and ciders can be purchased at age 16, but spirits are only to be purchased by those over 18 years old. Some countries, like Angola in Africa, have no national law that prohibits the sale of alcohol to minors.

The second most common minimum drinking age is 18 years old. In fact, 35% of the countries on our list follow this rule. The third most common drinking age is listed as “illegal,” and the fourth most common drinking age is 21, just as in the United States. The U.S. is paired with just seven other countries with a drinking age of 21, or four percent, making the U.S. the minority. Believe it or not, the United States is not a one size fits all alcohol policy country. While the U.S. is known for its drinking age of 21, this 21 hard limit is actually not the case for all of the states. The 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act withholds money from states that permit under 21-year-olds to purchase alcohol. Before the act went into effect in 1984, each state had its own drinking age, all varying greatly.

However, even after the act went into effect, only a few states specifically prohibited minors from drinking alcohol in private. As of January 2010, there are 15 states that outlaw minor consumption of alcohol in public or private settings and 17 states that don’t have any sort of ban on underage consumption in private. There are 18 states that permit underage drinkers the consumption of alcohol with family or in specific locations. Religious exceptions to the rule pertain to all states.

Nothing (Alcoholic) to Drink Here

There are 11 countries or 6% of our list in which any consumption of alcohol whatsoever is considered breaking the law, and there are some pretty severe punishments that go along with it. All but three of these 11 countries are located in Asia, and many of them are Islamic countries.

In Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, the Maldives, Iran, Afghanistan, and Kuwait, it is illegal to drink alcohol. Most of these countries ban alcohol for religious purposes. For example, in Bangladesh, alcohol is illegal to Muslims but is legal to non-Muslim tourists in private. In Pakistan, non-Muslim citizens may possess alcohol if they are using it in a religious ceremony. In the Maldives, alcohol is legal to tourists over the age of 18, but the sale of alcohol to local Maldivians is punishable by law. Alcohol is illegal in Iran, however, minority religious groups may purchase small amounts of alcohol from shop owners who are of the same minority religion.

Saudi Arabia is one example of a country with severe punishments for the consumption or possession of alcohol. Anyone who drinks or possesses alcohol may be arrested and put on trial. If the accusations of alcohol consumption or possession ring true, the guilty party can be subject to heavy fines, long prison sentences, and even whippings.

In Libya, Somalia, and Sudan, it is illegal to consume any alcoholic beverages. In Libya, this prohibition has led to black markets for the sale of alcohol. Somalia also has implemented very strict laws when it comes to the production of alcohol. This Islamic country bans all alcohol-related activity, including the manufacture, trade, and consumption of alcohol. However, non-Muslims and tourists may consume alcohol in the privacy of their own home. Sudan has prohibited the manufacture, sale, possession, and consumption of alcohol since 1983.

Too Young, or Just Right?

On the flip side, the youngest drinking age on our list belongs to Germany. In Germany, if a 14-year-old is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, it is legal for them to consume or purchase beer, wine, and cider. Without a parent or legal guardian, you must be 16 years or older in order to consume or purchase the alcohol. However, when it comes to hard liquor, you must be 18 years or older in order to serve, sell or supply. Any violations of these rules may result in a fine of up to 50.000€ or over $60,000.

Regardless of your views on the world’s differing alcohol policies, the map above provides a glimpse into the lives of young adults across the globe. Make your own map like the one above with BatchGeo.