The new hottest place on Earth: Death Valley, California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:18 PM GMT on September 13, 2012

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As any weather aficionado can avow, Earth's most iconic weather record has long been the legendary all-time hottest temperature of 58°C (136.4°F) measured 90 years ago today at El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. One hundred thirty six degrees! It's difficult to comprehend that heat like that could exist on our planet. For 90 years, no place on Earth has come close to beating the unbelievable 136 degree reading from Al Azizia, and for good reason--the record is simply not believable. But Earth's mightiest weather record has been officially cast down. Today, the official arbiter of Earth's weather records, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), announced that the all-time heat record held for exactly 90 years by El Azizia in Libya "is invalid because of an error in recording the temperature." The WMO committee found five major problems with the measurement. Most seriously, the temperature was measured in a paved courtyard over a black, asphalt-like material by a new and inexperienced observer, not trained in the use of an unsuitable replacement instrument that could be easily misread. The observer improperly recorded the observation, which was consequently in error by about 7°C (12.6°F.) The new official highest hottest place on the planet is now Death Valley, California. A remarkable high temperature of 56.7°C (134°F) was measured there on 10 July 1913, at Greenland Ranch.


Figure 1. The trading post at Al Azizia, Libya in 1923. The photo was taken from the Italian military fort located on a small hill just south of the trading post. It was at this fort that the temperature of 58°C (136.4°F) was observed on Sept. 13, 1922 (used with permission from the family of Gen. Enrico Pezzi).

The story behind the overturning of Earth's most hallowed weather record
Today's announcement is the culmination of a 3-year research effort begun by wunderground weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. His blog post today, World Heat Record Overturned--A Personal Account, provides a fascinating detective story on how the record came to be cast down--and how the Libyan revolution of 2012 almost prevented this from happening.


Figure 2. The new official hottest place on the planet: Death Valley, California. Wide open spaces, infinite views, intensely salty water, mind-boggling heat. What's not to love about this place? Image credit: Wunderphotographer SonomaCountyRAF.

Dead Heat: The Video
Don't miss the 25-minute wunderground video, Dead Heat, a detective story on how the El Azizia record was overturned.

Atlantic tropical update
Tropical Storm Nadine is recurving to the northwest and north well east of the Lesser Antilles Islands, on a track that would likely keep this storm far out at sea away from any land areas. However, Nadine may eventually threaten the Azores Islands or Newfoundland; the models are divided on how the steering currents will evolve next week, and we cannot be sure which way Nadine will go during the middle of next week.

The models predict that a trough of low pressure off the U.S. East Coast may serve as the focus for development of a non-tropical low pressure system on Sunday or Monday, but this low will likely form too far to the north to become a tropical storm. The GFS model has been predicting a tropical wave coming off the coast of Africa may develop next week, but has not been consistent with the timing or location of the development.

In the Western Pacific, Super Typhoon Sanba is an impressive top-end Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, and is headed north-northwest towards a possible landfall in Korea early next week.

Given the importance of the new world record all-time high temperature, I'll leave this post up until Saturday afternoon, when I'll post an update on the tropics.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting PensacolaDoug:




George Jefferson strutted best!
"Moves like Jagger"
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1496. LargoFl
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1495. LargoFl
SHORT TERM FORECAST
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1125 AM EDT SAT SEP 15 2012

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144-147-151800-
COASTAL VOLUSIA-FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA-
BREVARD COUNTY LINE 20 NM TO 60 NM OFFSHORE-FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA-
BREVARD COUNTY LINE OUT TO 20 NM-INDIAN RIVER-INLAND VOLUSIA-MARTIN-
NORTHERN BREVARD-NORTHERN LAKE-OKEECHOBEE-ORANGE-OSCEOLA-
SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET 20 NM TO 60 NM OFFSHORE-
SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET OUT TO 20 NM-SEMINOLE-
SOUTHERN BREVARD-SOUTHERN LAKE-ST. LUCIE-VOLUSIA-
BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET 20 NM TO 60 NM OFFSHORE-
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1125 AM EDT SAT SEP 15 2012

.NOW...
THROUGH THE MID AFTERNOON...SCATTERED SHOWERS WILL MOVE WEST AROUND
10 MPH ACROSS THE INTERIOR SECTIONS...WITH THE GREATEST COVERAGE
REACHING FROM NEAR I-4 AND THE TURNPIKE WEST THROUGH LAKE AND WESTERN
SECTIONS OF ORANGE AND OSCEOLA COUNTIES. A FEW SHOWERS WILL ALSO
APPROACH THE COAST SOUTH OF MELBOURNE TO JUPITER INLET. EXPECT A
MODERATE TO HEAVY DOWNPOUR AS THE SHOWERS PASS.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS...INCLUDING GRAPHICS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:
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Quoting Grothar:


i just saw that. Sorry


When you were the best at what you did, everyone recognizes it. Mae West knew how to strut! I feel certain that she smiled when you added your acknowledgement to this as well. .... but, I said it first. The ONLY time I got to say it first. I shall gloat forever on this single performance. ;-).... Exit, stage right. ---------->
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


You dont like to go to the beach in a sunny day like this there?



yes of course... bit it's so dry
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Latest Pacific Storm Tracker Blog Update on Sanba By Dave Ornauer

12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Japan/Korea time: It’s happening, folks. OK, doubters and naysayers on Okinawa, it’s probably not going to be as bad as Bart was 13 years ago. Touche. Typhoon Sanba will still pack Category 3-equivalent winds of 127 mph and gusts up to 155 as it crosses Okinawa later this morning. The island remained in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C early Sunday; expect an upgrade around 2 a.m. or thereabouts.

The eye is about 35 miles across and the storm is moving at about 14 mph. So parts of Okinawa might experience an unwarranted calm just before dawn. I say again: Avoid the temptation to go outside. You never know when the winds will kick back up again.

Expect most services, including the Green Line, to be closed until TCCOR Storm Watch is issued.

Sasebo Naval Base in southwestern Japan entered TCCOR 2 late Saturday, and may or may not enter TCCOR 1 Sunday; depends on how close it comes. Right now, Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts call for Sanba to roll 106 miles west of Sasebo around 4 a.m. Monday. Base forecasts call for 60-mph south-southwesterly gusts and showers as it roars by. Base shuttles will shut down if TCCOR 1 is issued.

Korea can also expect an upgrade from TCCOR 3 as Sanba beats an arc path toward the peninsula’s south coast, splitting the difference between Pusan and Mokpo as it crashes ashore around 9 a.m. Monday. Pusan, Chinhae Naval Base and Area IV installations around Daegu should feel a good bit of Sanba’s wrath; it will still be a Category 1-equivalent storm when it makes landfall, 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts
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Explanation of TCCOR here.
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is sanba going to restrengthen or continue a slow weakening trend?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
BTW, no, I didn't mean "barge", nor any other word; I meant "strut". That is, to walk with a pompous and affected air--something of which both males and females are capable. You know, as some do when they log into this forum. "I'm here," they loudly announced. "I don't care what you were yapping about before I arrived, but you all need to zip it now. We're all going to talk about what I want to talk about. Or else."

I know a few members like that. Who doesn't? ;-)
I can think of one at the moment
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Quoting Neapolitan:
BTW, no, I didn't mean "barge", nor any other word; I meant "strut". That is, to walk with a pompous and affected air--something of which both males and females are capable. You know, as some do when they log into this forum. "I'm here," they loudly announced. "I don't care what you were yapping about before I arrived, but you all need to zip it now. We're all going to talk about what I want to talk about. Or else."

I know a few members like that. Who doesn't? ;-)
Yes, We are trying to decide the best strutters, Male so far goes to George Jefferson, female goes to Mae West.
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1486. Grothar
Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Really? Was it W.C. Fields?


No, I think Cary Grant.
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1485. Grothar
Quoting gordydunnot:
GROTHAR!!!! dam your good.


That would be "damn".
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Quoting Grothar:


It was "Come up sometime and see me." :)
Really? Was it W.C. Fields?
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BTW, no, I didn't mean "barge", nor any other word; I meant "strut". That is, to walk with a pompous and affected air--something of which both males and females are capable. You know, as some do when they log into this forum. "I'm here," they loudly announced. "I don't care what you were yapping about before I arrived, but you all need to zip it now. We're all going to talk about what I want to talk about. Or else."

I know a few members like that. Who doesn't? ;-)
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1482. Grothar
Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I said it first! LOL


i just saw that. Sorry
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Very good choice........Come up and see me some time


It was "Come up sometime and see me." :)
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morning all the wave aproching the islands looking better dosnt like its going to turn north soon may head west into the caribiean some thing to watch for if it does ?
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Quoting CaribBoy:
The weather doesn't like us in the Leewards... always give preference to the same.. the windwards :(


You dont like to go to the beach in a sunny day like this there?

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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I said it first! LOL
Mae West was the only female strutter I can think of at the moment.... She was the best
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Quoting Grothar:


Mae West. Nobody did it better.


I said it first! LOL
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It looks to me like the wave is slowing a bit
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Quoting sar2401:

Nea, please re-read my post. I didn't agree with the anti-AGW rant. I don't even agree with the general tone of the post. I do agree that, underneath the anger, he may have a point. If Samba hits Korea as a strong typhoon, it will be a big story. Even your assumption that a 150 mph typhoon hitting Okinawa is no big deal might be different if you were there right now. As I said, someone other than Dr. Masters could have added an update about Sanba to the blog while leaving the rest intact. I'll concede the point about two days vs. three days but the point about poor planning still stands. I'm quite certain a 150 mph hurricane headed anywhere in the CONUS or Carribean would have rated at least a mention in the blog. As Dr. Maters himself stated, he doesn't pay as much attention to the Western Pacific as he should, thus my point stands.
I didn't say Sanba hitting Okinawa would be "no big deal"; I only said it probably wouldn't be among the biggest global weather stories of the year, and that's not at all the same thing, is it? Okinawa, small though it is, has to deal with three or four typhoons every year--and in fact, the island was struck eight times in 2004 alone. So, though Sanba is powerful, and though there'll certainly be damage, landfalling typhoons are a relatively common occurrence there. Florida, on the other hand, hasn't seen a landfalling hurricane since 2005, and some parts of the Caribbean have waited even longer. So if a Sanba-sized storm was whirling around the western Atlantic, it would be a larger story for us than Sanba is. And rightly so, I think.

Anyway, the OP may "have a point", but if so, there are a million other more polite and culturally-acceptable ways he or she could have expressed it. That's not giving in to political correctness; it's called having manners. And that's all I was really getting at...
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Typhoon Sanba radar animation.

Link
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1472. Grothar
Quoting Terradad:


You are a funny old man, Grothar!

But did I mean funny strange, or funny ha ha? Or maybe both?

Oh, the things to ponder on this blog....


Strange will do.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Yes he did.......But what female strutted best.???


Mae West. Nobody did it better.
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The weather doesn't like us in the Leewards... always give preference to the same.. the windwards :(
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Yes he did.......But what female strutted best.???
Maybe Miss Kitty?
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Quoting Grothar:


There should be a space between the Yes. and We in your sentence. :)


You are a funny old man, Grothar!

But did I mean funny strange, or funny ha ha? Or maybe both?

Oh, the things to ponder on this blog....
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


That would be Mae West - Wikipedia
Very good choice........Come up and see me some time
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
gordy....I'm waiting for a female strut from Nea... But I love the "Duke"


That would be Mae West - Wikipedia
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:




George Jefferson strutted best!
Yes he did.......But what female strutted best.???
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most of the global models show a strong disturbance approaching Barbados and tne Windward Islands. However the NOGAPS show a weak TD. latest sat pics show some increse in organisation ,but 20 knots south westerly shear is slowing the development of this wave.
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Trying to watch my language.. I would say so much more if there were no risks for me to get banned. (I'm in the N Leewards and NEED RAIN!!!!.. )

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Quoting plutorising:
sorry to interrupt a rooster fest, but is that blob off north carolina (oops, off new york) the one the models were talking about earlier this week? the one that might form a storm?


I think there may be a disturbance in the Gulf that will move into the Atlantic and move up the Eastern Seaboard. Models have been hinting at this for a few days. An early Nor'easter?
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Yeah, but Wheezz put him in his place in a hurry.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sorry Gro..I was strutting at the time......I missed it, but thanks for pointing it out


:)
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Quoting gordydunnot:
I know that was my last comment, but just want to instigate before I leave. What is your best example of strutting.I saw a you tube video of the changing of the guard at the border between Pakistan and Indian.Hilarious to say the least, so maybe you got something there yonzabam.




George Jefferson strutted best!
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sorry to interrupt a rooster fest, but is that blob off north carolina (oops, off new york) the one the models were talking about earlier this week? the one that might form a storm?
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I know that was my last comment, but just want to instigate before I leave. What is your best example of strutting.I saw a you tube video of the changing of the guard at the border between Pakistan and Indian.Hilarious to say the least, so maybe you got something there yonzabam.
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Quoting yonzabam:


Roosters are the best strutters. Remember Foghorn Leghorn? Man, he could strut and then some.
But he stuttered terribly
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Quoting Grothar:


There should be a space between the Yes. and We in your sentence. :)
Sorry Gro..I was strutting at the time......I missed it, but thanks for pointing it out
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Quoting gordydunnot:
Women Strut much better, I even remember that from High School parties.


Roosters are the best strutters. Remember Foghorn Leghorn? Man, he could strut and then some.
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GROTHAR!!!! dam your good.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Still don't think it won't become much.the strong trade winds in the caribbean are waiting for it.

The TCHP in the Caribean and Gulf, except for the areas off Cuba, are also not very impressive. The much vaunted "rocket fuel" hasn't done much so far this year. :)
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Well out and about for be a little bit, Being a Atlantic T/C person myself, going for a 30% orange circle on the wave. And that is a most impressive pacific hurricane can't bring myself to say typhoon because it rhymes with buffoon. Have a nice day all take it light if you can. We are only here a short time no matter how important we may think we are.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Yes.We all do it.And I mean all..... We look for any minute error or screw up so we can jump at the chance.. I am just as guilty. I guess that is the nature of the beast.


There should be a space between the Yes. and We in your sentence. :)
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This is the headline on the NWS page today:

Strong Storm Taking Aim on Alaska's Southern Mainland this Weekend

A powerful autumn storm is forecast to bring strong wind and heavy rain to much of Southcentral Alaska beginning Saturday evening. Due to recent rainfall, the ground is saturated leading to a greater risk of flooding and fallen trees. Significant power outages are possible. Winds in Anchorage could gust to 65 mph, and farther east in the higher elevations winds could gust to 110 mph
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
For those in the Southern Region trying to access local NWS websites:


ALERT ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SOUTHERN REGION HEADQUARTERS
0530 AM CDT SAT SEP 15 2012

TO: SOUTHERN REGION ALL

FROM: SOUTHERN REGION ROC

SUBJECT: WEB OUTAGE/SR WEBPAGES UNAVAILABLE

THE SR SERVER IS CURRENTLY DOWN. WITH THIS OUTAGE, YOU WILL NOT BE
ABLE TO ACCESS THE INTERNET AND ALL SR WEBPAGES ARE UNAVAILABLE. WE
HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE TOC AND ARE CURRENTLY REACHING OUT TO
SRH PERSONNEL THAT SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK INTO THE PROBLEM. WE WILL
SEND OUT ADDITIONAL STATUS MESSAGES WHEN WE GET MORE INFORMATION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.


This happened about two weeks ago as well but even worse. It took down all the weather radios, weather radar, and web access. There's something seriously wrong with the Southeast NWS networks and I hope they get it figured out and fixed soon.
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Quoting gordydunnot:

Wave at 12N 53W looking better.
Still don't think it won't become much.the strong trade winds in the caribbean are waiting for it.
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