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Heated Celebration Planned for the Hottest Place on Earth

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About the record:

Death Valley, California is known for being a land of extremes, including its climate. Temperatures here normally reach or exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit from mid-May until early October. On July 10, 1913 a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded here which stands as the hottest air temperature ever recorded on a properly sighted and maintained thermometer anywhere in the world.

During July 1913, Death Valley endured an intense stretch of hot weather from the 5th through the 14th when the high temperature reached 125 degrees Fahrenheit or greater every day. This 10 day consecutive stretch ranks as the longest such period on record here. The hottest days were from the 9th through the 13th when the high reached at least 129 degrees Fahrenheit. The most sweltering day was on July 10th when the temperature spiked to 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Although Death Valley was known for being an extremely hot place, this reading helped to solidify this reputation.

On September 13, 1922 a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded at El Azizia, Libya. This was eventually certified by the World Meteorological Organization as the hottest air temperature ever recorded on Earth. However, evidence about the 136 degree reading suggested that it was invalid. On September 12, 2012 the World Meteorological Organization officially re-certified the 134 degree reading at Death Valley as the all-time highest air temperature recorded on the planet.

Today at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center they will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world record high temperature. By attending you will:

  • Experience the conditions that make Death Valley the hottest place on Earth.
  • Be there as the official temperature observation is made.
  • Learn about Weather and Climate Extremes (WMO Extremes Archive)
  • Learn about how another claim to the world's hottest temperature title was invalidated after 90 years.
  • Learn about protecting yourself from extreme heat from people who live there.

Guest Speakers:

  • Christopher Burt – Weather Underground
  • Dr. Randall Cerveny – Ariz. State University/World Meteorological Organization
  • Chris Stachelski – NOAA's National Weather Service – Las Vegas, NV
  • TBD – Death Valley National Park

Agenda:

11:00 – 12:00 Press conference and media interviews
12:00 – 12:20 What Makes Death Valley the Hottest Place on Earth? – NWS
12:20 – 12:45 History of the Death Valley Weather Station – Chris Stachelski, NWS
12:45 – 1:30 What is it Like to Live in the Hottest Place on Earth? – NPS
1:30 – 1:50 Break
1:50 – 2:35 Overturning the Libya Record – Christopher Burt, Weather Underground
2:35 – 3:20 World's hottest recorded temperature? Who's to blame? – Dr. Randall Cerveny, WMO/ASU
3:20 – 3:45 What Made July 10, 1913 So Hot? – Chris Stachelski, NWS
3:45 Head outside for 4:00 temperature observation.
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