Death Valley in spring: Beautiful and not that hot

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  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    April 2, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    On July 10, 2013, my family and I visited Death Valley. We were there for the 100 year anniversary of the official world record high temperature--134 F. The Park Service invited a number of climate and weather experts to give talks. The public was also invited. There were about 100 people in attendance. The high that day was 121 F. The high for the year was 129 F, if I remember correctly.

    Satellite technology does confirm that there are hotter locations. But no human is there, with the proper equipment, knowledge and dedication to the task, to take the temperature.

    For many years the record was 136 F in Libya. That was disavowed in 2013 upon serious examination of the historical and environmental facts. It was very hot that day in Libya, but not a world record.

    The Death Valley record is somewhat suspect per some of the visiting experts. However, the documentation and other facts are not anywhere near as suspect as the Libya ones.

    We stayed in Tonopah, Nevada the night before and after the program. The elevation there is 6,000 feet. Not hot.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    April 2, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    Not that hot. That's because the environmentalists have changed the terminolgy from global warming to climate change. I guess Death Valley was listening.