Skip to comments.100 years ago, Death Valley set a scorching record -- 134 degrees
Posted on 07/11/2013 8:20:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The next time you're sweating and complaining that this summer is just too hot, consider this fun fact in weather world history: Exactly 100 years ago this week, Death Valley National Park set the hottest temperature ever recorded in the world -- 134 degrees Fahrenheit.
At least 140 people showed up to celebrate the anniversary and listen to weather experts discuss the record at Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Museum in the expanse of eastern California desert.
While Death Valley's July 10, 1913, recorded temperature now is considered the hottest ever, on September 13, 1922, a temperature reading of 136 degrees was recorded in El Azizia, Libya.
Though the Libya recording had been certified by the World Meteorological Organization as the hottest air temperature ever recorded, evidence about Libya's record later suggested that it was invalid.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Further evidence of global cooling.
so they had global warming back in 1913????
Wonder how it got its name. Could it be a clue?
But how can that be? I didn’t drive an SUV back then...
I have a sister who lives in Phoenix. She told me that about fifteen years ago there was a heat wave that hit AZ that was so bad that they recommended that people not go outside at all. Asphalt was melting, more so than it normally did and they reported a temp of 128 F when it was much higher than that. They didn’t report the real temp because they knew it would really freak people out.
No doubt caused by all those darn Model T cars on the roads. /s
I don’t doubt that for a minute. I lived there in ‘85 and saw temps consistently in the upper 110s and into the 120s. Overnight lows in the city were in the upper 90s. Felt like living with a hair dryer blowing at you at all times ... except not always with wind.
And you know how many cars, appliances and air conditioners there were 100 years ago. When will the clueless realize that the climate change scam is a money-making bonanza for the enviro-nazis and phony “scientists” who depend on taxpayer-funded grants?
First there have been a few articles over at the Watts up With That website about Death Valley temperatures recently. It seems that there are some unexplained duplicate but different “paper records” a little reminiscent of Obama’s BC situation. No one seems to know why.
The second funny thing is that the entire manmade global warming theory is based on the assumption that an increase in an essential trace gas, CO2 will warm the planet by increasing the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. Because you see water vapor already makes up over 95% of the “greenhouse gasses” in the atmosphere.
You see CO2 doesn't have much of a greenhouse effect by itself because it's current concentration is only 380 parts per million, or stated another way CO2 currently makes up less than 4 ten-thousandths of the atmosphere. So the theory goes that CO2 which makes up just a tiny amount of the atmosphere causes a little extra solar heat to be retained, but that this little extra heat causes huge amounts of extra water vapor to be evaporated into the atmosphere and this extra water vapor increases the temperature more which causes causes even more evaporation and more heating... and we are about to reach a “tipping point” after which we are all doomed.
Only one point of order however... does anyone know what the humidity in “Death Valley” has been when these records were set... Gee, that is funny... it turns out that Death Valley is a pretty dry place. And the high temperature records have been set during times of very low humidity. And why is that? Well that is because when there is very low humidity more of the suns rays are able to reach the surface of the earth and heat things up. It turns out that water vapor while it helps insulate the earth at night... during the day clouds reflect sunlight back towards where it came from, and even when it is clear high humidity causes haze which also prevents the full radiation of the sun from reaching the surface and that heat also is convected back into the upper atmosphere where it radiates away from the planet.
You see the global warming theory is actually more about warmer temperatures in the cool of the evening than hotter temperatures in the middle of the day. Record hot temperatures during the day are almost always characterized by a high pressure area keeping moist air away from large areas. The lack of water vapor allows the sun's rays to fully heat the surface. High temperatures with low humidity actually contradict the theory of man made global warming.
Must have been all those steam powered SUV’s
Manbearpig can only reproduce in temperatures over 130.
Phoenix, 1968, it was 114 the day we moved there. Bahrain, 1990, highs in the 120s all week long. Seems to me that we’re cooling down since 1913.
The first white discoverers of Death Valley (gold prospecting 49’ers lost from the marked trail) called it that because one of their party died there.
However they reached Death Valley in December - it probably would have been many more deaths had it been July.
From wiki -
On Christmas Eve of 1849, the group arrived at Travertine Springs in the western facing canyon of the Amargosa Range, located about a mile from Furnace Creek Wash in Death Valley itself.
The lost pioneers had now been traveling across the desert for about two months since leaving the Old Spanish Trail. Their oxen were weak from lack of forage and their wagons were battered and in poor shape. They too were weary and discouraged but their worst problem was not the valley that lay before them. It was the towering Panamint Range mountains to the west that stood like an impenetrable wall as far as could be seen in both directions
My only visit there was on a New Years day and the weather was just perfect.
There’s another unofficial temperature-monitoring site in Death Valley (Badwater Basin?) that typically reads 4 degrees higher than Furnace Creek.
That means that on the day Furnace Creek was observed at 134 degrees, the other site may very well have been at 138.
Nobody owns their own thermometer in Phoenix?
That’s how my sister knew it was way hot. They just didn’t advertise it on the news.
I’ve been exposed to tropical heat many times...including in a city that’s at sea level and 100 miles from the equator.I’ve been exposed to desert heat once...in the Middle East in October.To me,95 degrees was much less difficult in Dubai than was 95 degrees in Singapore.The difference being humidity.However,I once heard a comedian joking about desert heat by saying “hey,my *oven’s* a dry heat too but I don’t go sticking my head in it.”
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