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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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Okay... I'm done with memes for the day, and I'm tired... Night folks!


Too late...the damage to my brain cells is done! JK...

Good night!
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

Interesting...this is blamed on cold & wet weather...

"Many birds, bats, butterflies, bees, amphibians and wildflowers have been struggling in the cold and wet conditions"


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..
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Violent storm turns night into day over Washington- residents claim the ‘most intense’ lightning storm ever seen
Posted on July 15, 2012
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.”
July 15, 2012 – WASHINGTON – There were a lot of tired people in the Tri-Cities on Saturday after an early morning electrical storm rattled homes and flashed bright lights through windows. The system that led to a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service also cooled down the Mid-Columbia after a string of 100-plus degree days. The light show and downpour didn’t appear to cause any significant damage, with police and fire officials surprised at how few calls were received. However, it might not be over, with the forecast calling for a slight chance of thunderstorms through the rest of the week as the temperatures heat up again. Those storms continue to bring the threat of lightning sparking wildfires. The thunder and lightning that moved through the area earlier Saturday seemed anything but normal to the dozens of residents who took to social media to describe the experience. Some referred to it on the Tri-City Herald’s Facebook page as “the best storm ever” or the “most intense” they’ve experienced in the Northwest. People awakened by the loud booms reported staying up through the early morning hours because they were fascinated by Mother Nature’s spectacular display, or simply realized that attempts at sleep were futile. A severe weather alert issued at 2:37 a.m. said two storms were located six miles southwest of Kennewick and moving north at 30 mph. Within minutes, the storms moved over the Tri-Cities and seemed to hunker down for almost three hours, with cloud-to-cloud lightning that often was so bright it appeared to be daytime. The National Weather Service’s warning described it as “a dangerous storm,” and told residents to prepare for damaging winds, destructive hail and deadly lightning that could strike the ground. People were instructed to seek shelter inside a strong building, but away from windows. The weather service took two calls from the public reporting hail the size of a quarter in Kennewick. Public reports of wind speeds in Kennewick ranged from gusts of 35 to 40 mph to gusts up to 60 mph that drove the rain and hail sideways. “I’m sure it’s been a blast for people to watch the lightning,” Brooks said. The weather service had been expecting the storms to form for a couple of days because of instability with a low-pressure system and warm temperatures, Brooks said. –News Tribune

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Okay... I'm done with memes for the day, and I'm tired... Night folks!
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Freak wave of tornadoes carve trail of destruction through northern Poland, leaving 1 dead
Posted on July 15, 2012
July 15, 2012 – POLAND - A freak wave of tornadoes ripped through northern Poland on Sunday, wrecking houses and swathes of forest and leaving one person dead and another 10 injured. Tornadoes are not unknown in the European Union’s largest eastern country but the scope and power of Sunday’s twisters was unusual and comes in a summer already marked by flash floods, hailstorms and gales. Some 1,200 rescuers were working to remove fallen trees, unblock roads and restore utilities in the hardest hit Baltic region of Pomerania. Trees were uprooted, buildings damaged and power lines downed, while some 550 hectares of woodlands in the Tuchola Forest area were flattened. “I saw a black column coming our way,” an injured inhabitant of the Wycinki village, whose farm was destroyed by the tornado told state television. “It carried everything away with it … birds, debris, sucked up water from the lake.” A caravan with a family of three inside was seen flying through the air in the village of Stara Rzeka and breaking into pieces upon landing, but its occupants suffered no serious injuries, news channel TVN24 reported. “The sole fatality was a 60-year-old man in the Pomeranian village of Wycinki who was crushed to death by his collapsing summer cottage,” fire brigade spokesman Pawel Fratczak told Reuters by telephone. The tornadoes were the latest outburst of violent weather that has battered Poland since the start of the month with hailstorms, gales, cloudbursts and flash floods. TVN24 reported meteorologists categorizing the twister as a class two tornado with wind velocity of up to 200 km/h. –Reuters

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Quoting Skyepony:
This year's bad weather has proved "almost apocalyptic" for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust has warned.


Interesting...this is blamed on cold & wet weather...

"Many birds, bats, butterflies, bees, amphibians and wildflowers have been struggling in the cold and wet conditions"
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Quoting Skyepony:
This year's bad weather has proved "almost apocalyptic" for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust has warned.



Some of these memes and videos posted are proving "almost apocalyptic"...what happened? LOL
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122. Skyepony (Mod)
This year's bad weather has proved "almost apocalyptic" for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust has warned.

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Free bloggin tonight?

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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

I am dumbfounded from what movie that's from...LOL.

By the way...we've got proof tonight the meme activity is inversely proportional to Atlantic tropical activity....


The Fifth Element. I like that one scene... you know, with Milla Jovovich?

;-)
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One more meme before I'm done.



But seriously, don't watch them. It will give you nightmares like I'm probably about to experience. That is, if I even go to sleep.
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Quoting allancalderini:
Lol I remember that movie.

I am dumbfounded from what movie that's from...LOL.

By the way...we've got proof tonight the meme activity is inversely proportional to Atlantic tropical activity....
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Another tropical update on my blog just released...my 53rd of the season....

Still quiet in the Atlantic though...
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


It's gonna be:

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


It's gonna be:
Lol I remember that movie.
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Quoting j2008:
Haha yea its still the same out here, you cherish every single drop of rain that falls.


Beautiful landscape there though, I'd love to visit sometime again, I lived there only till I was 5, and then moved to Central Florida and I'm now 21, so I only have distant childhood memories of what it was like.
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it would be amazing to have Ernesto and Florence before August I hope we get two tropical storms of the lows the Gfs is showing.
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Quoting Grothar:


Hot,muggy,humid, thunder, lightning, rain. You know, Florida. Heavy rain about to move in.
How you doing, Nigel?



What a nice change from last year eh?

It seems like the Florida of old is making a come back!
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108. j2008
Quoting Jedkins01:


hah it's funny you posted this! Although I have been a Florida resident most of my life, I was born in dusty Arizona, one thunderstorm gets people jumping for joy over there when you average yearly rain is less than 10 inches. Where I live now we get spoiled if we don't get 2 inches of rain every week, lol.
Haha yea its still the same out here, you cherish every single drop of rain that falls.
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Quoting wxchaser97:
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
AZC019-021-160400-
/O.NEW.KTWC.FF.W.0012.120716T0202Z-120716T0400Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TUCSON AZ
702 PM MST SUN JUL 15 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN PIMA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...TUCSON...ORO VALLEY...
SOUTHEASTERN PINAL COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...

* UNTIL 900 PM MST

* AT 650 PM MST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THAT POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN CONTINUED ACROSS THE TUCSON METRO ARE.
IN ADDITION...RUNOFF FROM VERY HEAVY RAIN EARLIER TODAY CONTINUED
INTO WASHES.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE
TUCSON METRO AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF WASHES
AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS
WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.


hah it's funny you posted this! Although I have been a Florida resident most of my life, I was born in dusty Arizona, Tucson to be exact, one thunderstorm gets people jumping for joy over there when you average yearly rain is less than 10 inches. Where I live now we get spoiled if we don't get 2 inches of rain every week, lol.
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Quoting caneswatch:
I'm enjoying all these memes on this blog. I love it.

Btw has anybody seen Levi? Haven't seen him on since Debby.

He was on earlier in the day.
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I'm enjoying all these memes on this blog. I love it.

Btw has anybody seen Levi? Haven't seen him on since Debby.
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Quoting scott39:
Whats up with the spin above the Western Tip of Cuba in the GOM?

A ULL
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Almost 3 inches outside Buda Texas this evening, several reports around Austin of 4 to 5 inches and more today. What a Blessing! Ponds are full, we can now make it thru the Summer. 5.5 inches in July around here is unheard of without a tropical system, that is what I have received so far, monthly average is 1.5 to 2 inches.


You're having more Florida-like summer rainfall, July average around my part of Florida is about 7 to 8 inches.

I had 7 a little over inches just this week, and I had 16 for June, so we are quite soggy over here too, and I love it. We had several rounds of severe weather this week too. It really messed up my work week because there was flooding and lightning damage at work. Strong thunderstorm winds knocked my power out briefly more than once this week also. Looks like much more is on the way around here.

It's good to see you guys are getting rain over there though, we just got out of a horrible drought in the last couple months.
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102. wxmod
North West Pacific today. MODIS

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101. etxwx
Quoting Methurricanes:
The Cars, the song is only 28 years old, gosh, 1984, older than me BTW

Or how about BB KING & friends - and those are some friends! with a bonus 1969 Jimi Hendrix...
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100. j2008
Quoting wxchaser97:
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
AZC019-021-160400-
/O.NEW.KTWC.FF.W.0012.120716T0202Z-120716T0400Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TUCSON AZ
702 PM MST SUN JUL 15 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN PIMA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...TUCSON...ORO VALLEY...
SOUTHEASTERN PINAL COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...

* UNTIL 900 PM MST

* AT 650 PM MST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THAT POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN CONTINUED ACROSS THE TUCSON METRO ARE.
IN ADDITION...RUNOFF FROM VERY HEAVY RAIN EARLIER TODAY CONTINUED
INTO WASHES.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE
TUCSON METRO AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF WASHES
AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS
WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.
Yea and the flooding isnt a joke eather. Theres been at least 4 or 5 cars that have been rescued out of flooded roadways.
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Quoting scott39:
Whats up with the spin above the Western Tip of Cuba in the GOM?


Nuttin, it's an ULL
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100's will be back for the Western 2/3's of Texas by end of this week but that is expected this time of the year.
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Tornadoes cause chaos in Poland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18846641
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Quoting Grothar:


I don't know, but I want to know....have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day.

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Quoting RitaEvac:



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.
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Whats up with the spin above the Western Tip of Cuba in the GOM?
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FLASH FLOOD WARNING
AZC019-021-160400-
/O.NEW.KTWC.FF.W.0012.120716T0202Z-120716T0400Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TUCSON AZ
702 PM MST SUN JUL 15 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN PIMA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...TUCSON...ORO VALLEY...
SOUTHEASTERN PINAL COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA...

* UNTIL 900 PM MST

* AT 650 PM MST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THAT POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN CONTINUED ACROSS THE TUCSON METRO ARE.
IN ADDITION...RUNOFF FROM VERY HEAVY RAIN EARLIER TODAY CONTINUED
INTO WASHES.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE
TUCSON METRO AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF WASHES
AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS
WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.
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In line with the Internet Memes tonight.


The ECMWF though is only showing two lows, a more realistic solution - and the stronger low is extra-tropical. However, I would not be surprised if the GFS is consistent that we will see the ECMWF jump onboard for more lows. This is our only real shot of development this month, and will not be a major system. Still, being at 'Ernesto' by the end of July is pretty good pacing for an El Nino year. We probably won't get anymore than one, maybe two names off that solution.
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Quoting Methurricanes:
The Cars, the song is only 28 years old, gosh, 1984, older than me BTW


Oh...I was thinking about the 1950s version....
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Last Night I had 42 inches of Lightning and Thunder with No rain but this evening the skies opened up, it poured here for a couple of hours, these storms can be very heavy but they are also slow movers.


42" of lightning and thunder... lol.

I myself have been stunned that it rains when I don't even expect it to. It's like we're back in 1996, when convection 4o'clock sharp Tstorms were expected.
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This will be fun on Tuesday for me:
Tuesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West wind 10 to 14 mph.
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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....

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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.


Some records are just that, records. Reminds of home run hitters.

"On July 21, 1915, as a rookie with the Boston Red Sox, Ruth struck a prodigious drive that sailed far over the rightfield bleachers at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The ball cleared the wide breadth of Grand Boulevard and landed on the sidewalk approximately 470 feet from home plate. That was the start of modern long-distance hitting, and it is a testimony to Ruth's uniqueness that he was able to set objective standards of performance that have never been surpassed."

That was long before steroids.
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