Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:31 PM GMT on November 21, 2016
World’s Hottest Nights/Highest Minimum Temperatures Yet Measured
One of the interesting facets of global warming has been how, over the past several decades, nighttime minimum temperatures have become warmer relative to daytime maximum temperatures. There are several scientific explanations for this. A recent study (published in the International Journal of Climatology in February 2016 by Richard Davy et al at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research p...
Updated: 7:31 AM GMT on November 22, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2016
An Investigation of Death Valley’s 134°F (56.7°C) World Air Temperature Record
In 2012 the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) disallowed what had long been considered the hottest air temperature ever measured on Earth: a 58.0°C (136.4°F) reading measured at El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. As a result of this record being struck from the books, the temperature of 134°F (56.7°C) recorded at Greenland Ranch at Furnace Creek in Death Val...
Updated: 7:13 PM GMT on November 21, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:30 AM GMT on September 07, 2016
Hottest Temperature Ever Measured in September for Europe
LATE UPDATE: An intense heat wave has occurred in recent days in the Iberian Peninsula with a site in Spain, Sanlucar La Mayor, measuring 46.4°C (115.5°F) on Monday, September 5th. This (if verified) would be the hottest temperature ever observed anywhere in Europe during the month of September. THE SANLUCAR LA MAYOR TEMPERATURE IS APPEARING DUBIOUS. HOWEVER, THE 45.7°C (114.3°F) REPORTED FROM...
Updated: 5:13 AM GMT on September 21, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:17 AM GMT on August 19, 2016
Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth: PART TWO
In my previous blog I discussed the various contenders for what might be the hottest reliably measured air temperatures on Earth. That blog focused on those that were most likely not reliable for various reasons. In this blog I will briefly list those that I believe to be the most reliably measured. This takes into account such factors as climatology (general and specific to the sites at time...
Updated: 12:28 AM GMT on August 23, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:45 PM GMT on July 22, 2016
Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth
As Jeff Masters mentioned in his recent blog, a temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) was observed at Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21st. According to the Kuwait Meteorological Department this was the hottest temperature ever measured in the country (a reading of 54.4°C/129.9°F observed at the same site on July 16, 2010 has been disallowed as a result of a faulty sensor). The 54.0°C reading also is a new reco...
Updated: 4:18 AM GMT on July 23, 2016