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 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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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


I'm too young too know who sang that one.
The Cars, the song is only 28 years old, gosh, 1984, older than me BTW
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Thought I'd pop in, todays story from S. Arizona is RAIN!!! And lots of it...... pretty severe storms rolled across the Tucson metro dumping 1-3 inches and snapping power lines and tossing things around. I remind everyone that 3 inches is a quarter of our yearly rainfall here. Wish I had taken some pictures but I didnt.
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Quoting redwagon:

HA! I knew I could conjure you. Man, I am humbled with praise for our rain today. Been holding my hands up to the sky and saying Thank You!


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Quoting redwagon:

HA! I knew I could conjure you. Man, I am humbled with praise for our rain today. Been holding my hands up to the sky and saying Thank You!
I did several rain dances in the back yard today and then it poured. :) After going thru Last year when I get a dry month or 2 I start freaking out, Honestly last year really effected me with 90 100 degrees days and little to no rain.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


I win the dry slot competition!
Congrats Champ, LOL
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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.

HA! I knew I could conjure you. Man, I am humbled with praise for our rain today. Been holding my hands up to the sky and saying Thank You!
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Quoting redwagon:


Bohonkweatherman and myself have been competing for the driest dry slot over whose house, and he probably got 2" today. Surprised he hasn't shown up to grouse about it :)

I don't know how or why dry slots work in Centex, other than the Balcones Escarpment blocking rain from the E and S. I have, finally, after all these years, realized just the last 3 summers that our rain is *way* more dependent on the PAC than the GOM or the ATL.
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.
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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.


I win the dry slot competition!
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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.


It aint over just yet either
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Quoting Methurricanes:
Let them say what they want... let the good times roll.


I'm too young too know who sang that one.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Ol Dennis got his soaking rains in Buda, TX

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.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



Let them say what they want... let the good times roll.
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Quoting redwagon:


Bohonkweatherman and myself have been competing for the driest dry slot over whose house, and he probably got 2" today. Surprised he hasn't shown up to grouse about it :)

I don't know how or why dry slots work in Centex, other than the Balcones Escarpment blocking rain from the E and S. I have, finally, after all these years, realized just the last 3 summers that our rain is *way* more dependent on the PAC than the GOM or the ATL.


LOL - I missed the competition. I pretty much agree on our reliance on the PAC. GOM is not consistent for us.
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...FABIO WEAKENS A LITTLE...FASTER WEAKENING EXPECTED TOMORROW...
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8:00 PM PDT Sun Jul 15
Location: 17.8°N 119.0°W
Moving: WNW at 10 mph
Min pressure: 979 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph

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That's an amazing high low. Thank you Dr.
Apart from Death Valley in SEFL the Miami NWS is forecasting 105-109 "feels like" conditions from Wednesday into Sunday at least. That's hot, even by mid-July SEFL standards. And it's dangerous for many.
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BULLETIN
HURRICANE FABIO ADVISORY NUMBER 17
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP062012
800 PM PDT SUN JUL 15 2012

...FABIO WEAKENS A LITTLE...FASTER WEAKENING EXPECTED TOMORROW...


SUMMARY OF 800 PM PDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...17.8N 119.0W
ABOUT 685 MI...1105 KM WSW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...979 MB...28.91 INCHES
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Quoting nigel20:
...FABIO WEAKENS A LITTLE...FASTER WEAKENING EXPECTED TOMORROW...
8:00 PM PDT Sun Jul 15
Location: 17.8°N 119.0°W
Moving: WNW at 10 mph
Min pressure: 979 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph

Maybe Fabio will be a minimal tropical storm by late Monday...
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...FABIO WEAKENS A LITTLE...FASTER WEAKENING EXPECTED TOMORROW...
8:00 PM PDT Sun Jul 15
Location: 17.8°N 119.0°W
Moving: WNW at 10 mph
Min pressure: 979 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



lol and I dont, the thought just came to my head of that and I made it.
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Yet another day of widespread rainfall across the Houston area produced the city's most significant flooding in more than two years, prompting rescues from flooded homes and vehicles.

The worst flooding was northwest of Houston, where more than 15 inches of rain have fallen during the last five days, driving Cypress Creek well above its flood stage and even higher than during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better," said Francisco Sanchez, a Harris County spokesman, as Cypress Creek was still rising Friday afternoon.

All told, Sanchez said, the county has had reports of nearly 100 homes being flooded, but officials have a difficult time getting into all the neighborhoods to confirm the reports
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Quoting Gearsts:
And what effect the MJO has on El nino?buenas noches :)


The MJO transports the warmer waters from West to East in the Pacific.If it stays for now in the Indian Ocean,then no new warm waters will be in the equatorial Pacific delaying El Nino from being declared officially.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


Today, I big red blob was right over my house, but nothing happened.



Bohonkweatherman and myself have been competing for the driest dry slot over whose house, and he probably got 2" today. Surprised he hasn't shown up to grouse about it :)

I don't know how or why dry slots work in Centex, other than the Balcones Escarpment blocking rain from the E and S. I have, finally, after all these years, realized just the last 3 summers that our rain is *way* more dependent on the PAC than the GOM or the ATL.
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Bye-bye Fabio, tell me how the cool waters and drier air treat you.
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Is there something to take over the counter for..... ATLANTIC TROPICAL CYCLONE WITHDRAWALS?!?!?
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Unimaginably huge Russian fires. MODIS satellite photo today.

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I wonder what the 00z GFS holds in store?
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Quoting redwagon:

Saturday night I was downtown, workin for the FBI...


T H. Boy, you're old.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


Good evening nigel. The 30 day SOI continues with the uptick.If this continues,El Nino may be delayed as the MJO continues stucked in the Indian Ocean.

And what effect the MJO has on El nino?buenas noches :)
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Houston-area rain floods homes, may end drought

Some areas along Cypress Creek got more rain in the last 24 hours than in Hurricane Ike (in 2008) or from major flooding in 1998

Rainfall in the entire (Southeast Texas) area this week was in the 8 to 10 inch category," he said. "The average weekly rainfall for this time of year is about 1 inch or so
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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?


I'm good...it's pretty humid in Kingston as well!
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


CCR?


hmhmhm.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


CCR?

Saturday night I was downtown, workin for the FBI...
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Just this past Thursday, July 12, the morning "low" temperature was 107 degrees. Yes, we said morning low. Only two other days in Death Valley had a morning low that was hotter, both registering 110 degree lows (Jun. 29, 1922 and Jul. 5, 1918). These incredibly record hot lows in Death Valley exceed all-time record highs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago!

Jon Erdman- the weather channel

Link

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Quoting redwagon:

Carryover from the last blog:

2353. Skyepony 1:28 AM GMT on July 16, 2012 +0
0808 PM FLASH FLOOD AUSTIN 30.31N 97.75W
07/15/2012 TRAVIS TX BROADCAST MEDIA

FLASH FLOODING AND HIGH WATER RESCUES AT SEVERAL
LOCATIONS IN AUSTIN

0745 PM FLASH FLOOD ROUND ROCK 30.52N 97.67W
07/15/2012 WILLIAMSON TX EMERGENCY MNGR

EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED NUMEROUS ROADS CLOSED IN
ROUND ROCK DUE TO FLOODING. HOME EVACUATIONS AND HIGH
WATER RESCUES OCCURRING

0525 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 ESE LAGO VISTA 30.43N 97.94W
07/15/2012 TRAVIS TX PUBLIC

6 BOATS OF UNKNOWN SIZE FLIPPED OVER DUE TO HIGH WINDS
AT EMERALD POINT MARINA ON LAKE TRAVIS

I'm on Lake Travis, and what's unusual about it is a series of ravines carved by the lower Colorado are the shores of the lake impounded by Mansfield Dam. Many parts are ridged by (relatively) high hills at ~1000ft. This and last year very little rain has been able to bump up and over these 'guard' hills to drop rain until this week, but we've been having massive downdrafts like I've never seen over the last few weeks.

People blown off marinas and out of boats downdrafts. Two unidentifiable victims this last week surfaced.


I've gotten less than .5 inch at my house this week :(

Bandera got 3 inches, Hondo 5 inches, SA airport 4 inches. I'm in the City of San Antonio on the northwest side. I've watched storms "avoid" my area all week long.

It's been so frustrating that I gave up on looking at the forecast - especially the radar. But, when I see the clouds form, I can't help but peak. Today, I big red blob was right over my house, but nothing happened.


At least it's not 100 degrees. At least there are clouds at 5 pm.


Just glad I'm not living in WxChaser97's future neighborhood.
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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.


CCR?
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey Grothar...What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?


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

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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.

Hey Grothar...What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?
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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.

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"What's not to love about this place?"

Absolutely nothing
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Nevermind, I can't post pics!
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Ol Dennis got his soaking rains in Buda, TX

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