You think it's hot here? With inland highs expected to climb to near 110 this week, Death Valley will hit 124! Now you can visit the hottest place in the U.S. from the comfort of your air conditioned living room.
This summer has been a scorcher in many parts of the nation, but this sweat-inducing heat has nothing on the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States, the whopping 134 degrees Fahrenheit that sent the mercury soaring in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.
But imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon and doing it from your air conditioned home?.
Now that's possible with the click of a computer mouse as the Google Street View service has added five California national parks to its 5 million miles of the globe's roadways.
The company sought permission from the Department of the Interior before filming in May. Drivers traveled Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Redwood, Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks in vehicles rigged with 15-lens cameras that point in all directions. Software stitches the images together in an ever-advancing panorama.
Officials from Google and the parks hope it inspires visitors to see the sights for themselves.
Death Valley , as its name suggests, is famous as the hottest, driest, lowest place in North America. Average highs in the summer months in these barren salt flats regularly hit above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The greatest number of consecutive days with a maximum temperature of 100 F or above was 154 days in the summer of 2001, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The summer of 1996 had 40 days over 120 F, and 105 days over 110 F, making it the hottest summer on record.
BTW - The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth?. The world's highest recorded air temperature, to date, is 136°F (58°C) recorded at El Azizia, Libya, on 13 September 1922. Note that this is in recorded history. Higher temperatures have occurred, of course, at different times during the 4.55 billion years of Earth's history.
LA's Hottest Day ever you ask? On September 27, 2010 - The National Weather Service's thermometer downtown reached 113 degrees for the first time since records began being kept in 1877. Could it have been any hotter? Possibly, the NWS thermometer actually stopped working shortly after the record temperature was recorded at 12:15 p.m.
Google Street Views Online:
Death Valley National Park - http://bit.ly/OJxKgc
Yosemite National Park - http://bit.ly/MZKm4p
Redwood National Park - http://bit.ly/PBQ9r4
Joshua Tree National Park - http://bit.ly/OHKeT1