Death Valley celebrates world temperature record tomorrow

July 9th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by under Weather

Join the Celebration:
On July 10th, 1913 the weather observer at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California recorded a high temperature of 134°F (56.7°C). This is the highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth. Please join us at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 to 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


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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