In this time of extremes, from the extreme fluctuation of the stock market to the ups and downs of this just past political season, here are some of the extremes that have been observed right here in Trumbull County.
If you are complaining about how cold the weather is getting now, then be thankful that you were not around to see Trumbull County at its coldest.
On Jan. 4, 1904, Orangeville reached a record low temperature for Trumbull County at -28 degrees Fahrenheit. Probably not a day you want to take your kids sledding.
But a negative 28 degrees is nothing compared to the lowest recorded temperature in the world. Vostok Station, located in Antarctica, has the record for coldest temperature recorded at -89.2 degrees in 1983. Temperatures probably got colder than that during one of the ice ages, but there of course is no data recording those frigid conditions.
The hottest temperature ever to be recorded in Trumbull County is probably not as high as you may guess. On June 25, 1988, the temperature reached 104 degrees in Vernon Township.
HIGHS & LOWS:
TRUMBULL COUNTY HIGHEST POINT: Trautman Hill, 1,280 feet above sea level
U.S. HIGHEST POINT: Mount McKinley, Alaska, 20,322 feet above sea level
WORLD HIGHEST POINT: Mount Everest, 29,029 feet below sea level
TRUMBULL COUNTY LOWEST POINT: 800 feet above sea level, Grand River Basin in Mesopotamia
U.S. LOWEST POINT: Death Valley, Calif. 282 feet below sea level
WORLD LOWEST POINT: Dead Sea, 1,371 feet below sea level
Trumbull County: 217,362
New York City: 8,274,527
Mumbai, India: 13,662,885
TRUMBULL COUNTY HIGH: 104
WORLD HIGH: 136
TRUMBULL COUNTY LOW: -28
WORLD LOW: -89.2
That's jacket weather compared to the world record for high temperature, which was recorded in Libya in 1922. Temperatures that day reached a scalding 136 degrees. Not far behind is Death Valley, Calif., which recorded 134 degrees in 1913.
Trumbull County has an estimated population of 217,362 people, according to the Ohio Department of Development. Trumbull's population is about 2 percent of the population of New York City, the Unites States' largest city with 8,274,527 people. Trumbull County's most densely populated city is Warren, with an estimated population of 45,256 people as of 2006. Trumbull County's biggest city is only half of one percent of the population of the biggest city in the country. New York is only the 13th largest city in the world. The number of people in the Big Apple is only 60 percent of the number living in Mumbai, India, which has 13,662,885 people.
According to the Unites States Census report, in 2003 the average commute for a person in the United States is 24.3 minutes. In Trumbull County, 77.2 percent of workers make their commute to work in less than half an hour, according to Ohio Department of Development, putting Trumbull County well below the average of the rest of the country. About 16 percent of people in Trumbull County spend between half an hour to an hour in the car going to work, with 4.7 percent driving for more than an hour to their jobs.
Highest and Lowest Point
According to the Trumbull County Engineer, the highest point in Trumbull County is located in Vernon Township. It is on Trautman Hill and rises 1,280 feet above sea level. Compare that to the highest point in the United States, Mount McKinley in Alaska, which stands at 20,322 feet above sea level. In the lower 48, Mount Whitney in California stands at 14,505 feet. Mount Everest is the highest point in the world at 29,029 feet above sea level.
The lowest point in Trumbull County is the Grand River Basin in Mesopotamia township at 800 feet above sea level. Death Valley is the lowest point in the United States, dipping 282 feet below sea level. The lowest point on earth is the Dead Sea in Israel and Jordan, at 1,371 feet below sea level.
Trumbull County prides itself as the hotbed of football what with two of its native sons making it to the top of its profession - Champion's Randy Gradishar who played for the Denver Broncos in the 1970s and Warren G. Harding's Paul Warfield became a Hall of Fame wide receiver who played on world championship teams in Cleveland in 1964 and Miami in 1972 and 1973.
On the high school level, football is king of the Friday nights, and John F. Kennedy High School holds the No. 1 position in Trumbull County as the high school football program with the most state playoff appearances and the second best state playoff appearances behind perennial power Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Youngstown.
The JFK football program has achieved:
State Championship: 1991
State runners-up: 1992, 2006
State semi-finalist: 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003, 2006
Ranked Number 1, Associated Press poll 1972
Ranked Number 2, AP 1971
Ranked Number 8, AP 1970
Overall record (296-8-159) for .639 Winning Percentage