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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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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Ding! Ding! Ding! You are the winner Russian Winter!
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Kori:

Hope to see you back soon.
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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.
Feel so sorry you are leaving I will miss you- hope you get better soon and even though I didn`t know you much I consider you and excellent friend,Hope you come back.
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And then it cranks up a new storm heding for Japan by the position of that High!
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


If this track verifies for 08W, is that a Russian or Chinese or North Korean landfall? Also the EURO cranks this storm up pretty good!


It's gonna affect China. Korea is the peninsula, and to the east of China is the far east of Russia.
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If this track verifies for 08W, is that a Russian or Chinese or North Korean landfall? Also the EURO cranks this storm up pretty good!
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Take care K Man......feel better!
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That song was for Fabio. "Going To California".....................maybe..........lol
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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.
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Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey, wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:
I never liked 80's music.
I always think Reagan killed Rock N Roll.
He was the last Republican I voted for........lol
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TD 8W Looking better organized. It's not forecast to do much,maybe a TS.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


I'm so old that I thought Let the Good Times Roll was a 1950s song.
LOL
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I never liked 80's music.
I always think Reagan killed Rock N Roll.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
I like the night life baby


I'm so old that I thought Let the Good Times Roll was a 1950s song.
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Looks like outflow is restricted to the NW.
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Quoting Chucktown:
The all-time high for Death Valley is the 134° reading of July 10, 1913.

How did that happen a hundred years ago? No way it could have been that hot before we started burning fossil fuels.




DUN DUN DUN! Things like this are why I find global warming hard to believe. Climate change is something I agree with with. The climate has done to many things throughout history long before we started burning fossil fuels to blame it on people. Mother Earth is going to do what she wants and we don't have any control over that.
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

Well...at least I think I got my snow legs when it comes to driving in the snow this past winter. As far as the snowblower...I live in an apartment complex so I didn't think I'd need one (hopefully the landlord has something to take care of the parking lots).

By the way...I hope ours posts in 151 and 153 didn't let out a genie that can't be put back in the bottle...oops....

I'm off to bed for work tomorrow...good night all....
Things should be "normal" this winter here and your lucky. When a low trscks closer to the Ohio border or on it, the snow is wetter or can be mixed with ice, sleet, rain, or all 3. I do get opaid by some neighbors so thats a + fopr me. We will find out tomorrow what post 151 & 153 have done. I'm also going to bed so good night/ morning for EDT and CDT.
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I like the night life baby
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Quoting j2008:
Yea and the flooding isnt a joke eather. Theres been at least 4 or 5 cars that have been rescued out of flooded roadways.


People who drive through unknown depth moving or standing water=STUPID!!!!!!!!
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Quoting wxchaser97:
My TV service is glitchy on any channel and I have WOW which rarely goes out and if it ever does it is short.

I don't have a TV...but earlier this evening my parents in NC were complaining that their satellite TV picture quality kinda messed up...

Related...who knows...

This time...good night for reals...
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Quoting TampaSpin:
My TV Service is really messing up tonite...mainly the Movie Networks....MUST BE THE MAGNETIC STORM is messing things up!
My TV service is glitchy on any channel and I have WOW which rarely goes out and if it ever does it is short.
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Quoting wxchaser97:
You'll need a snowblower and tracking winterstorms up here is like hurricane season in the south in a way.

Well...at least I think I got my snow legs when it comes to driving in the snow this past winter. As far as the snowblower...I live in an apartment complex so I didn't think I'd need one (hopefully the landlord has something to take care of the parking lots).

By the way...I hope ours posts in 151 and 153 didn't let out a genie that can't be put back in the bottle...oops....

I'm off to bed for work tomorrow...good night all....
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Quoting Grothar:


T H. Boy, you're old.


Don't remind me
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GFS more sane in the 00z runLink
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Comparing equivalent Julian*dates for the hottest SST&Depth26 years to this (leap)year
- - - - - - - - 14July2005 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14July2010 Depth26degreesCelsius

- - - - - - - - 13July2012 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13July2012 Depth26degreesCelsius


* Julian days are sequentially numbered 1thru365 with the last day being 366 on leap years
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My TV Service is really messing up tonite...mainly the Movie Networks....MUST BE THE MAGNETIC STORM is messing things up!
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Quoting redwagon:

Has anyone done any research on dry slots? They're real.
There's also the anti-dry slot anomaly, San Saba, who somehow sneakily gets 2X the avg annual precip of everybody else in the Hill Country.


Don't know about research regarding dry slots in the Cen Tex area. There is a bit of phenomenon where the further south in TX the less rain. Brownsville gets less than Austin.

Laredo is truly a hot spot - due in part to the mountains in Mexico.
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

Wayne county...you're right...I was disappointed with the lack of snow this past winter...
You'll need a snowblower and tracking winterstorms up here is like hurricane season in the south in a way.
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
PDS MEME WATCH
WUNDERBLOG SERVICE NOWHERE USA
1235 AM EDT SUN JUL 16 2012

THE WUNDERGROUND BLOG SERVICE IN NOWHERE USA HAS ISSUED A

* INTERNET MEME WARNING FOR...
DR MASTERS BLOG...

* THRU FRIDAY UNTIL 11 PM EDT

* IN THE PAST HOURS...INTERNET MEME POSTINGS AND OTHER STRANGE MATERIAL ON DR MASTERS BLOG HAVE REACHED RECORD LEVELS. AS THE BLOG ACTIVITY QUIETS DOWN FOR THE EVENING...SO SHALL THE MEME POSTINGS. EXPECT THE MEME ACTIVITY TO RETURN DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS OF TOMORROW AND THRU FRIDAY EVENING...AS THE ABSENCE OF TROPICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ATLANTIC WILL KEEP BLOGGERS BORED SUCH THAT THIS MATERIAL CONTINUES TO BE POSTED. THESE CONDITIONS SHALL CONTINUE UNTIL A TROPICAL STORM FORMS SO EXPECT A FEW MEMES EVERYDAY. THE WATCH WILL BE EXTENDED OR CANCELLED BASED ON FUTURE CONDITIONS.

* STAY ALERT FOR MEMES SINCE YOUR BRAIN IS AT RISK DURING THE NEXT 120 HOURS.
NOT OFFICAL
Quoting NCHurricane2009:BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
MEME WARNING
WUNDERBLOG SERVICE NOWHERE USA
1222 AM EDT SUN JUL 16 2012

THE WUNDERGROUND BLOG SERVICE IN NOWHERE USA HAS ISSUED A

* INTERNET MEME WARNING FOR...
DR MASTERS BLOG...

* THRU TOMORROW UNTIL 11 PM EDT

* IN THE PAST HOURS...INTERNET MEME POSTINGS AND OTHER STRANGE MATERIAL ON DR MASTERS BLOG HAVE REACHED RECORD LEVELS. AS THE BLOG ACTIVITY QUIETS DOWN FOR THE EVENING...SO SHALL THE MEME POSTINGS. EXPECT THE MEME ACTIVITY TO RETURN DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS OF TOMORROW AND THRU TOMORROW EVENING...AS THE ABSENCE OF TROPICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ATLANTIC WILL KEEP BLOGGERS BORED SUCH THAT THIS MATERIAL CONTINUES TO BE POSTED.

* SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER FOR YOUR BRAIN DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS
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Quoting wxchaser97:
No we don't, you have not experianced winter yet. We can get blizzards and usually 40+" of snow. I'm in SE Oakland county and you are in what area?

Wayne county...you're right...I was disappointed with the lack of snow this past winter...
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
MEME WARNING
WUNDERBLOG SERVICE NOWHERE USA
1222 AM EDT SUN JUL 16 2012

THE WUNDERGROUND BLOG SERVICE IN NOWHERE USA HAS ISSUED A

* INTERNET MEME WARNING FOR...
DR MASTERS BLOG...

* THRU TOMORROW UNTIL 11 PM EDT

* IN THE PAST HOURS...INTERNET MEME POSTINGS AND OTHER STRANGE MATERIAL ON DR MASTERS BLOG HAVE REACHED RECORD LEVELS. AS THE BLOG ACTIVITY QUIETS DOWN FOR THE EVENING...SO SHALL THE MEME POSTINGS. EXPECT THE MEME ACTIVITY TO RETURN DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS OF TOMORROW AND THRU TOMORROW EVENING...AS THE ABSENCE OF TROPICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ATLANTIC WILL KEEP BLOGGERS BORED SUCH THAT THIS MATERIAL CONTINUES TO BE POSTED.

* SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER FOR YOUR BRAIN DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

My favorite are with that dude that says...

"NHC...u no start advisories?!"
Y U NO and I like him too. This is what happens when there is nothing in the Atlantic.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


Funny.....memes

My favorite are with that dude that says...

"NHC...u no start advisories?!"
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Had to do some catchup work online and before I hit the bed..the 00z GFS running..remember models always have a time with intensity..

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Quoting NCHurricane2009:


I am in SE MI too....I thought of changing my handle name from NCHurricane2009 to MIHurricane2009 or somethin...but that would be confusing (we don't get hurricanes here after all)....
No we don't, you have not experianced winter yet. We can get blizzards and usually 40+" of snow. I'm in SE Oakland county and you are in what area?
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Quoting wxchaser97:



Funny.....memes
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


It's gonna be:

holy crow you're right next to me
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Quoting wxchaser97:
Im the 5th then and it is cool to know Im not the only Michigander besides the doc. What opart of MI are you in, Im in SE MI?


I am in SE MI too....I thought of changing my handle name from NCHurricane2009 to MIHurricane2009 or somethin...but that would be confusing (we don't get hurricanes here after all)....
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

Sounds like an upper ridge has persisted over Russia...which would cause enhanced upper troughs and associated cooler/wetter surface gales to dig west of the upper ridge and hence over the UK. I'll bet that upper troughs/surface gales are digging to the east of that upper ridge too....

About that Lake Michigan buoy...your probably the 3rd person that's read that article today...while I am probably the 4th...not too many people I know would get excited about a Lake Michigan buoy...LOL. Part of my interest is perhaps because I moved to Michigan last summer...
Im the 5th then and it is cool to know Im not the only Michigander besides the doc. What opart of MI are you in, Im in SE MI?
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Quoting Skyepony:


Yeah Russia is drought again while UK & India are getting all the rain. Saw something about the Puffins a month or more ago. Drowning rain & high winds are no place to raise baby birds & butterflies..



Lake Michigan is geting a new Buoy..

Sounds like an upper ridge has persisted over Russia...which would cause enhanced upper troughs and associated cooler/wetter surface gales to dig west of the upper ridge and hence over the UK. I'll bet that upper troughs/surface gales are digging to the east of that upper ridge too....

About that Lake Michigan buoy...your probably the 3rd person that's read that article today...while I am probably the 4th...not too many people I know would get excited about a Lake Michigan buoy...LOL. Part of my interest is perhaps because I moved to Michigan last summer...
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Another video from Poland Twisters.... Link
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137. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting WxGeekVA:




Y'all memes definitely out did the weather comic to be found slumming the weather news tonight:)
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