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Death Valley is hottest place ever recorded

By T.K. Randall
September 15, 2012 · Comment icon 6 comments

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In 1913 a temperature of 56.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in California's infamous Death Valley.
The record had been held by El Azizia in Libya for 90 years until a new investigation by the World Meteorological Organisation determined that the reading was likely to have been bungled at the time by someone who had missed a thermometer. With this record nullified the title instead went to the second hottest recorded temperature in Death Valley.

"They presumably roped in an inexperienced person that day," said climate scientist David Parker. "If the observer had read the correct end of the pin and there had been grass or sand underneath the instrument instead of asphalt, the problem wouldn't have been so bad."
For nearly a century the Mediterranean city of El Azizia in northern Libya has held the official title for having been the hottest place on Earth ever recorded.


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Confirmation at last! California = Hell. (only kiddin)
Comment icon #2 Posted by Wickian 12 years ago
Confirmation at last! California = Hell. (only kiddin) Depends what part of California you live in. I live in a valley that regularly has temperatures between 100 - 110 fahrenheit(sometimes higher during a bad heat wave) during summer. It's never below 95 unless we're having a cold spell. Before this year, we had 3 or 4 cool summers in a row, that was nice. This year has been worse since we're getting Arizona's monsoon weather for some reason and it's bringing in all this muggy air. But then I could take a 20-30 minute drive over the mountains and suddenly emerge in 70-80 degree weather.
Comment icon #3 Posted by csspwns 12 years ago
i live in san francisco and its cold as *beep*
Comment icon #4 Posted by Simbi Laveau 12 years ago
I have friends at both ends. Northerners ,and mid state,are much cooler than southerners .
Comment icon #5 Posted by Chooky88 12 years ago
Regularly gets to 40degrees plus in Perth West Australia in simmet usually for a week a tear high 30s with a few 40plus days. If it's 39 or 45 it still feels the same, Effing hot!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hilander 12 years ago
Couldn't take living someplace that hot.


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