Death Valley records a low of 107°F (41.7°C): a world record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:31 AM GMT on July 16, 2012

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On Thursday morning, July 12, 2012 the low temperature at Death Valley, California dropped to just 107°F (41.7°C), after hitting a high of 128° (53.3°C) the previous day. Not only does the morning low temperature tie a record for the world's warmest low temperature ever recorded, the average temperature of 117.5°F is the world's warmest 24-hour temperature on record. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, the only other place in the world to record a 107°F low temperature was Khasab Airport in the desert nation of Oman on June 27, 2012. The previous U.S. record high minimum temperature may be a 103°F (39.4°C) observed in Death Valley, California in 1970. The NWS lists a July 5, 1918 low temperature of 110°F as the official highest minimum temperature recorded in Death Valley. This temperature is disputed by Mr. Herrera, who says the temperature that night was not monitored and passed from 60°F to 110°F then to 60°F again.


Figure 1. Badwater, Death Valley, California. Wide open spaces, infinite views. What's not to love about this place? Image credit: Wunderphotographer SonomaCountyRAF.

Wednesday's high of 128°F (53.3°C) was the 10th hottest temperature in U.S. history, and the hottest temperature measured in the U.S. since July 18, 2009, when Death Valley recorded another 128° reading. The only hotter temperatures in U.S. history were all measured at Death Valley, the most recent one being the 129° measured on July 6, 2007. The all-time high for Death Valley is the 134° reading of July 10, 1913.

Temperatures have cooled considerably at Death Valley over the weekend, and the forecast for Monday calls for for a downright chilly high of just 110°. That's sure to be a disappointment for the ultramarathoners in the grueling Badwater Ultramarathon, which begins Monday in Death Valley. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. I'm sure they would have liked to have had the distinction of running their race last Wednesday and Thursday, during the hottest 24-hour period ever recorded on the planet!

Jeff Masters

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GFS in 24 hours off the coast of Florida





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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
AN UPPER-LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL BRING AN INCREASED CHANCE FOR
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION TODAY. SOME OF THE
AFTERNOON STORMS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND
HAIL...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF INTERSTATE FOUR.

ALL THUNDERSTORMS CONTAIN DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. IF YOU
CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
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.................................good storm just to the south of me
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just went outside and looked at the gulf, there is a cool rainbow out there right now, a sign there's alot of moisture around up there
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Not sure whether anyone has posted it--I didn't see it looking back a few pages--butt here's some good vidoe of one of this weekend's Polish tornadoes:



That tornado looks like it was an EF-3. People on here don't realize on here just how rare of an event this is for Poland.
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Quoting LargoFl:
yeah by me towards the evening we got some good rain yesterday,today its going to be more, rainy season in full swing now


Rainy season has been in full swing over by me since mid May. The ground is down right soaked over in NW Orange County right now.
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Quoting bluheelrtx:
I thought evolution was a myth? Isn't that what we are teaching the kids now?

Being from Texas, I thought we were trying nowadays not to teach kids anything, the "Duh, I dunno." curriculum.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


Yeah people across C FL are going to be like the heck is going on today! It looks down right nasty today some areas in Orlando got 1.5" to 3" of rain yesterday.

Notice this upper level low moving into N FL.



yeah by me towards the evening we got some good rain yesterday,today its going to be more, rainy season in full swing now
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Quoting LargoFl:
......................................we have to watch the storms along the gulf coast of Florida today, maybe a bit more than usual today,stay safe out there


Yeah people across C FL are going to be like the heck is going on today! It looks down right nasty today some areas in Orlando got 1.5" to 3" of rain yesterday.

Notice this upper level low moving into N FL.



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Good morning folks!..an active storm day here in central florida,hiya Stormtracker, be careful today out there ok..hope none severe come by us today, but you never know
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Given that evolutionary adaptation is a long-term process,
I thought evolution was a myth? Isn't that what we are teaching the kids now?
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watch..korea.in.for.it.next.heavy.rain
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......................................we have to watch the storms along the gulf coast of Florida today, maybe a bit more than usual today,stay safe out there
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Quoting LargoFl:



Boy is it going to be a stormy day or what!

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

.THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE NORTH TO
NORTHEAST ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA TODAY. WHILE THE PRIMARY THREAT
WILL BE CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING...STORMS FROM BREVARD AND
OSCEOLA COUNTIES NORTHWARD WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG
WIND GUSTS AND SMALL HAIL. REMEMBER...LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE MANY
MILES OUTSIDE OF ITS PARENT STORM...EVEN IF NO CLOUDS ARE
OVERHEAD. IF THUNDER IS HEARD...CEASE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND MOVE
INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.

.FLOOD IMPACT...
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA TODAY. GENERAL STORM MOTION WILL BE NORTH TO
NORTHEAST BETWEEN 5 AND 10 MPH. DUE TO THEIR SLOW MOVEMENT...THEY
WILL PRODUCE LOCAL HEAVY RAIN WHICH MAY CAUSE LOW LYING AND POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS TO FLOOD.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
He did have the hair and body building thing going on


This got a minus from me.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Not sure whether anyone has posted it--I didn't see it looking back a few pages--butt here's some good vidoe of one of this weekend's Polish tornadoes:



Impressive!
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Good morning. From now going ahead,the long range models go into August so let's see if they start to pick up activity or they continue quiet especially in the CV area.
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Not sure whether anyone has posted it--I didn't see it looking back a few pages--but here's some good video of one of this weekend's Polish tornadoes:

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Hot weather can be expected Monday and Tuesday before a cold front drops down from the north, providing a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will cool into the low 80s, which is about normal, by Thursday.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Not just "hot in the desert in summer", but "hotter than ever in the desert in summer". And while there's "hardly a storm anywhere", there have already been four on the Atlantic side earlier than ever, and a bunch of strong ones on the Pacific side. Not to mention unprecedented rainfall in various places, unholy heat in others, record-breaking fires in still others, and just general massive meteorological mayhem everywhere.

Sigh, indeed... ;-)


Yes the world is a changing
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Nice blog Doc. Thanks

Never thought about a low HIGH temp before.

Not weather, but....

Blood disorder acting out again.
Pain wave all night.
Massive meds.
Finally going to sleep as the sun comes up.
And now no sleep but off to Dr.

Check back latter today or hopefull TUESDAY!



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Quoting MahFL:


Thats a load of bull. Cool summers are not a rare thing in the UK, the wildlife has evolved there to cope with the weather. It's survival of the fittest, those that do survive will make the species stronger in the long run, and if a species does dissappear, then obviously it's not evolved to live there.
Given that evolutionary adaptation is a long-term process, if the environment changes more rapidly than a particular species can adapt to it, that species will suffer. And that's happening all over the globe right now, not just in the UK.
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Quoting iceagecoming:
Hardly a storm anywhere, and hot in the desert in summer, Sigh...
Not just "hot in the desert in summer", but "hotter than ever in the desert in summer". And while there's "hardly a storm anywhere", there have already been four on the Atlantic side earlier than ever, and a bunch of strong ones on the Pacific side. Not to mention unprecedented rainfall in various places, unholy heat in others, record-breaking fires in still others, and just general massive meteorological mayhem everywhere.

Sigh, indeed... ;-)
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Hardly a storm anywhere, and hot in the desert in summer, Sigh...
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Miami NWS Discussion

A WET PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA TODAY
AND THROUGH MID WEEK AS MUCH OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA REMAINS IN
A REGIME THAT IS SYNOPTICALLY CONDUCIVE FOR SHOWER AND
THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT.

LONG TERM MODELS DO HINT AT THE RETURN OF A MORE MOIST PATTERN
TOWARD THE WEEKEND AS DEEPER MOISTURE BEGINS TO PUSH TOWARD SOUTH
FLORIDA FROM THE CARIBBEAN.
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207. MahFL
Quoting Skyepony:
This year's bad weather has proved "almost apocalyptic" for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust has warned.



Thats a load of bull. Cool summers are not a rare thing in the UK, the wildlife has evolved there to cope with the weather. It's survival of the fittest, those that do survive will make the species stronger in the long run, and if a species does dissappear, then obviously it's not evolved to live there.
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Good morning. Fabio is down to 80mph...

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Night crew,hold down the fort! Goodnight
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Quoting BarometerGirl:
Fabio less beefy, but still has his long hair! I finally had to say it (even tho it's likely too late for anyone to notice) but as far as I've seen, no one has yet made the comparative quip. Maybe it's just b/c I'm female and old enough to remember!


Fabio was pictured on TWC web site and was commented on here a little while ago. If he wasn't on TWC, I'm not sure people would have mentioned him though. :)
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Fabio less beefy, but still has his long hair! I finally had to say it (even tho it's likely too late for anyone to notice) but as far as I've seen, no one has yet made the comparative quip. Maybe it's just b/c I'm female and old enough to remember!

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Im in San Diego County out in the mountains near Warner Springs.
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Quoting BarometerGirl:


Thanks so much for posting the link to the study and summing it up as well. I've been onto this for weeks now and continually posting info on Fb, about how dangerously insidious radiation poisoning in the food chain is, but most people think I'm exaggerating, thinking it will just dilute. San Diego media has only made low priority mentions about (harmless) low levels of cesium found in tuna in SD bay. I keep telling friends with kids not to feed them ANY Pacific fish. I keep saying karma sure is a bitch (Hiroshima&Nagasaki), but the irony of it is just lost on people. No more sushi for me!


Thanks for the info! Someone will probably come in and tell ya Cesium is good for ya cuz it kills the bad bacteria............lol
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Quoting BarometerGirl:


Thanks so much for posting the link to the study and summing it up as well. I've been onto this for weeks now and continually posting info on Fb, about how dangerously insidious radiation poisoning in the food chain is, but most people think I'm exaggerating, thinking it will just dilute. San Diego media has only made low priority mentions about (harmless) low levels of cesium found in tuna in SD bay. I keep telling friends with kids not to feed them ANY Pacific fish. I keep saying karma sure is a bitch (Hiroshima&Nagasaki), but the irony of it is just lost on people. No more sushi for me!



Makes me glad that I hate eating fish!! I do like shrimp.......oops there's that oil issue again, dang ya can't win for losing!
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Study: N. America’s West Coast to be most contaminated by Fukushima cesium of all regions in Pacific in 10 years — “An order-of-magnitude higher” than waters off Japan

In the following years, the tracer cloud continuously expands laterally, with maximum concentrations in its central part heading east. While the northern portion is gradually invading the Bering Sea, the main tracer patch reaches the coastal waters of North America after 5–6 years, with maximum relative concentrations ( > 1 × 10−4) covering a broad swath of the eastern North Pacific between Vancouver Island and Baja California. Simultaneously some fraction of the southern rim of the tracer cloud becomes entrained in the North Equatorial Current (NEC), resulting in a westward extending wedge around 20°N that skirts the northern shores of the Hawaiian Archipelago. After 10 years the concentrations become nearly homogeneous over the whole Pacific, with higher values in the east, extending along the North American coast with a maximum (~1 × 10−4) off Baja California. The southern portion of the tracer cloud is carried westward by the NEC across the subtropical Pacific, leading to increasing concentrations in the Kuroshio regime again.


Complete study....

Link


Thanks so much for posting the link to the study and summing it up as well. I've been onto this for weeks now and continually posting info on Fb, about how dangerously insidious radiation poisoning in the food chain is, but most people think I'm exaggerating, thinking it will just dilute. San Diego media has only made low priority mentions about (harmless) low levels of cesium found in tuna in SD bay. I keep telling friends with kids not to feed them ANY Pacific fish. I keep saying karma sure is a bitch (Hiroshima&Nagasaki), but the irony of it is just lost on people. No more sushi for me!
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
Neat graphics :)


You may already have it,but if not
Link
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Quoting RussianWinter:

Still though, geography is a vital part of meteorology.


Quoting RussianWinter:

Still though, geography is a vital part of meteorology.


I was just kidding,I knew where the Koreas and China were; thought Russia snuck in there somewhere.Geography is important.
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I must say it really saddens me when one of our bloggers is going through some growing pains. KoritheMan I wish you well as you are going through these difficult times, just keep your chin up, and stay positive, and keep telling yourself you will get through this, I'm confident you will; and I wish you nothing but happiness. Same goes to anyone who has been blogging here long enough it really truly feels like a community in here and even though I don't know you folks personally, just judging by the way you all type, tells me you all are really good people. Have a great week everyone.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
Neat graphics :)
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Quoting KoritheMan:
I have dealt with way too much **** the last several weeks. The combination of work and family (you know what I'm talking about) has finally taken its toll on me. Yes, on me, the self-proclaimed logician. Dreadful, I know. But I realize I'm a person too. I can't always be an emotionless robot. I'm taking a temporary leave of absence from this blog, as I simply do not have the patience to deal with people right now. I don't know how long it will be. Maybe I'll rear in my head back in when Ernesto shows up. Or maybe I won't. I really don't know, and I honestly don't care. I will still be posting blog entries (just not here), so for those interested in them, or for those who still wish to contact me for any reason, feel free to use my email (verykoolguy2002 [at] gmail [dot] com). I will get back to you when I can. I feel like I'm falling into depression again, something I haven't dealt with in two years. But don't worry, I will persevere.

Adios you guys. It's been fun. I will miss this place. But I seriously need some time away from it. Peace and love.

I feel sorry for what's happening to you. I hope you can feel better again. You are an excellent blogger, and I will miss you. I hope you can come back. Take care.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Musta missed that class........ I did do cooking however

Still though, geography is a vital part of meteorology.
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Quoting RussianWinter:


Winner? It's common knowledge!

Didn't yall took geography lessons in school?


Musta missed that class........ I did do cooking however
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Quoting aspectre:
132 sunlinepr
Cisco Wilkinson of west Pasco took this photo at 4 a.m. Saturday. "It was so bright, I was temporarily blinded," Wilkinson said. "It looks like it’s daytime."


cool pic
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
Ding! Ding! Ding! You are the winner Russian Winter!


Winner? It's common knowledge!

Didn't yall took geography lessons in school?
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132 sunlinepr
Cisco Wilkinson of west Pasco took this photo at 4 a.m. Saturday. "It was so bright, I was temporarily blinded," Wilkinson said. "It looks like it's daytime."

Edit: Weird the photo didn't post for me at 132, then appeared there when I Backed into it from here.
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