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 OldLeatherneck:


It's winter in Australia. Happens every year.
every 9 months
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Quoting OldLeatherneck:


It's winter in Australia. Happens every year.


He's talking about the below average temps.
Its colder than a normal winter

(ps, im correcting someone...again. I really should stop but i cant)
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Are you the argumentative type?.....lol


no.....but we can argue about it if you'd like :)
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Quoting hydrus:
Interesting how Australia is cool..


It's winter in Australia. Happens every year.
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581. yoboi
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
This article from NASA.gov explains pretty well the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's relationship with the private sector. Link
For a dead Armadillo, you're pretty smart. Add: Ps Hard to tell. Maybe that's a opossum and you're just playin' possum.

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lmao
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


well i think the discussion is over now.
Whew.
Why do i always find myself in arguments on this blog...


Are you the argumentative type?.....lol
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Orchid Grower the weather modification site is:
Agriculture Defense Coalition

Sorry about the bad link. I'm a slow blogger.
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Quoting ncstorm:


Im ready for the first cape verde system to track


At this point I'd track rabid dogs across a zombie infested city....naked...
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Quoting hydrus:
Interesting how Australia is cool..
Because they're "upside down" from the rest of the world.Lol.Aussie is gonna kill me.
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Quoting OrchidGrower:


Thank you, Pottery -- now we're getting down to the good stuff! Like:

Anything out there yet about the recent success rates of U.S. cloud-seeding efforts in the last five years or so? China's success rates? And as Pottery points out, the success rate in Texas yesterday?

Does Florida do any cloud-seeding? Or Georgia, for that matter?


The weather modification site posted by FLWeatherFreak Agriculture Defense Coaltion

There is a list of projects. I opened the first PDF on the page. I didn't see Florida listed on that report, but there are other reports on the site.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Speaking of unintentional and uncontrollable weather modification (for that's all there is; the intentional stuff has never worked anywhere but a laboratory setting, late-night movies on SyFy, and the gullible minds of conspiracy theorists), NOAA released its J un State of the Climate report. Among the "good" news:

--The Northern Hemisphere land and ocean average surface temperature for June 2012 was the all-time warmest June on record, at 1.30C (2.34F) above average.

--The globally-averaged land surface temperature for June 2012 was also the all-time warmest June on record, at 1.07C (1.93F) above average.

--Average global temperature across land and oceans during June 2012 was 0.63C (1.13F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F) and ranked as the fourth warmest June since records began in 1880.

--June 2012 marks 328th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.

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Interesting how Australia is cool..
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Speaking of unintentional and uncontrollable weather modification (for that's all there is; the intentional stuff has never worked anywhere but a laboratory setting, late-night movies on SyFy, and the gullible minds of conspiracy theorists), NOAA released its J un State of the Climate report. Among the "good" news:

--The Northern Hemisphere land and ocean average surface temperature for June 2012 was the all-time warmest June on record, at 1.30C (2.34F) above average.

--The globally-averaged land surface temperature for June 2012 was also the all-time warmest June on record, at 1.07C (1.93F) above average.

--Average global temperature across land and oceans during June 2012 was 0.63C (1.13F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F) and ranked as the fourth warmest June since records began in 1880.

--June 2012 marks 328th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.

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Quoting ncstorm:


Im ready for the first cape verde system to track
I know I want Isaac to be a beautiful cape verde storm that hopefully goes out into the open Atlantic like the on in 2000 did.
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sorry for wasting blog space all..
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Quoting bappit:

I'm not so sure about that actually. As far as I know the subjects discussed on the blog are outside what could be expected of a secondary education--not because of difficulty but because of specialization. Yes, the younger people on the blog contribute and benefit, but kids will come to this blog regardless of their educational background, superior or otherwise, if they have the interest (and internet access). I think it is the desire to learn and witness that makes the blog go.

If the desire is there, you just can't deny it--like Chi Chi Rodriguez learning golf.

"Rodríguez would take a branch from a guava tree and turn it into a golf club. Using a metal can as a "golf ball", he would practice what he had seen the "real" golfers do, teaching himself how to play golf. By the time he was nine years old, he was proficient at golf and in 1947 at the age of 12, he scored a 67."
Agree totally. My point is that it's not so easy to get this information in a typical educational setting. Some of this stuff I learned "as a matter of course" during my growing up years because it was generally taught in schools here [in gr. 4 -8 geography / science]. Hurricane preparedness, along with an understanding of the weather that impacts our islands, was pretty much a basic requirement of life. Nowadays I'm not so sure that information is as readily available for students, even in locations like ours which are regularly impacted by TCs. So the curious and interested have to go looking.

This blog gets the hits because when people come here to learn, they can actually do that thing. Information is here, and it's relatively accessible regardless of age or educational background.
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
There is definitely going to be a collision, but I wouldn't consider that a collision between the two sea breezes. The west coast sea breeze hasn't really penetrated far from the coast, but the outflow boundaries from the sea breeze storms continue to push inland spurring additional convection. It's sort of like Newton's cradle with energy from the SB circulations advancing...

And I'm definitely keeping my eye on the Orlando area... that collision will be neat to watch.


Yup and once they collide then thunderstorms will spread out across C FL.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like there is going to be a nasty east and west coast sea breeze collision right over the orlando Metro over the next several hours. also once the collision happens these storms will pretty much remain stationary.

There is definitely going to be a collision, but I wouldn't consider that a collision between the two sea breezes. The west coast sea breeze hasn't really penetrated far from the coast, but the outflow boundaries from the sea breeze storms continue to push inland spurring additional convection. It's sort of like Newton's cradle with energy from the SB circulations advancing...

And I'm definitely keeping my eye on the Orlando area... that collision will be neat to watch.
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Quoting spathy:


Are you looking at the Outflow headed West?


and the outflow heading east as well. There is about to be a boundry collision very near Downtown Orlando.
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Quoting spathy:


Its a long story but ...
A Spathe is a flower type/form.
A peace lily,Anthurium,Jack in the Pulpit are forms of a Spathe.
The actual name of a Peace Lily is a spathiphyllum.

There is also a form of that word that relates to conservatism.
Well thank you for teaching me something new today. Locally, we call them PeePee plants. :)
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560. yoboi
Quoting Minnemike:
due to sarcasm and the general playful tones to your text, this will be my last reply..
conspiracies do not have supporting facts. conspiracies use facts to suggest support.. if there are supporting facts, then it is not a conspiracy. suggestion is not fact.

no facts exist that prove shipping infrastructure, air traffic, internal combustion engines, HAARP, etc. have been employed for the purpose of modifying weather.
cloud seeding occurs, and that's about it on the scale of intention, when using *supporting facts* to discuss the larger question of agencies seeking to modify weather.

any response i suspect will be some trollish baiting.. but that's up to you ;)



dude i am just asking questions???? before i form an opinion with something i am going to ask questions....

if ya read back i was asking someone if humans can make it rain...we don't live in china just yet, just because you say does not automatic make it so....the brown shirts were in the past....
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There's about to be an explosive collision across the westside of Orlando over the next couple of hours.

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Quoting StormTracker2K:



Let'em bash the GFS just like they did Debby. Infact Dr. Jeff Masters mentioned this possibility in his blog late last week as a trugh split situation occuring off the Carolina coast.


I actually posted text from Allan Huffman's blog before Dr. Masters put up his blog that we would have a trough split..He actually provides more than model runs..People should read his daily discussions when we have tropical interests out there..He is good as well
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Quoting pottery:

Did the seeding make rain ?


Thank you, Pottery -- now we're getting down to the good stuff! Like:

Anything out there yet about the recent success rates of U.S. cloud-seeding efforts in the last five years or so? China's success rates? And as Pottery points out, the success rate in Texas yesterday?

Does Florida do any cloud-seeding? Or Georgia, for that matter?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Has a weak wave in the MDR.


Im ready for the first cape verde system to track
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Quoting ncstorm:
I guess the GFS may be RIGHT again..feedback issues..I dont think so..




Let'em bash the GFS just like they did Debby. Infact Dr. Jeff Masters mentioned this possibility in his blog late last week as a trugh split situation occuring off the Carolina coast.
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Hello cut-off low east of Florida, you are gaining an interesting subtropical look today.
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This article from NASA.gov explains pretty well the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's relationship with the private sector. Link
Quoting yoboi:


idk that is two differ grants, did ya read the fine print with both grants??? maybe that's why your artist friend is goverment controlled???? without reading both grants i can't answer you on that question, sorry.....
For a dead Armadillo, you're pretty smart. Add: Ps Hard to tell. Maybe that's a opossum and you're just playin' possum.

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Quoting ncstorm:
120 hour

Has a weak wave in the MDR.
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Quoting yoboi:


oh ok i see what ya saying...is there conspiracy facts being spewed also???
due to sarcasm and the general playful tones to your text, this will be my last reply..
conspiracies do not have supporting facts. conspiracies use facts to suggest support.. if there are supporting facts, then it is not a conspiracy. suggestion is not fact.

no facts exist that prove shipping infrastructure, air traffic, internal combustion engines, HAARP, etc. have been employed for the purpose of modifying weather.
cloud seeding occurs, and that's about it on the scale of intention, when using *supporting facts* to discuss the larger question of agencies seeking to modify weather.

any response i suspect will be some trollish baiting.. but that's up to you ;)
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Looks like there is going to be a nasty east and west coast sea breeze collision right over the orlando Metro over the next several hours. also once the collision happens these storms will pretty much remain stationary.

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I guess the GFS may be RIGHT again..feedback issues..I dont think so..

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120 hour

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Quoting yoboi:


people can make it rain????


only in the club..
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Quoting ncstorm:
12z Euro running



Development off of Africa it would seem.
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545. yoboi
Quoting Minnemike:
that it is damaging to spread conspiracy theories when there are very real problems to manage.. problems that are derailed by the nonsense spouted by conspiracy theories.


oh ok i see what ya saying...is there conspiracy facts being spewed also???
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544. yoboi
Quoting Minnemike:
grants.. and here's where it all begins, the ceaseless tar and feathering by the conspiracists.. my wife is starting her Post-doc in Feb at JPL.. i suppose that puts her in the same league as my government-controlled artist friends who received federal grants..


idk that is two differ grants, did ya read the fine print with both grants??? maybe that's why your artist friend is goverment controlled???? without reading both grants i can't answer you on that question, sorry.....
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Quoting gulfbreeze:
It's not El-Nino it's just July weather!


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Quoting yoboi:


what is your point???? i am trying to understand it...
that it is damaging to spread conspiracy theories when there are very real problems to manage.. problems that are derailed by the nonsense spouted by conspiracy theories.
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Peterman Glacier in Greenland Just Broke Off Ice Island 3X the Size of Manhattan

Just happened today and is the "Breaking News" on many of the arctic blog sites.

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grants.. and here's where it all begins, the ceaseless tar and feathering by the conspiracists.. my wife is starting her Post-doc in Feb at JPL.. i suppose that puts her in the same league as my government-controlled artist friends who received federal grants..
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Wow. I just received 1.10" of rain in less than 20 minutes from the thunderstorm sitting over me. Quite heavy with plenty of CG lightning.
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537. yoboi
Quoting SubtropicalHi:


LOL-- That's what I thought last night.

However, the area that got rain is normally drier than San Antonio.

When they seed they go into rain clouds.

Without the seeding the area that got 1 in of rain may have gotten drizzle.


people can make it rain????
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536. yoboi
Quoting Minnemike:
i'm sorry, but i have no interest in making this some coy tease.. you don't make sense, and none of that addresses my point.
NASA is private, btw..


what is your point???? i am trying to understand it...
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.