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Did you know? Hottest Day

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The hottest day in recorded history is July 10, 1913, when temperatures soared to 134 F at Furnace Creek, Calif. in the area known as Death Valley. Death Valley is situated between a collection of high and steep mountain ranges in the Mojave Desert, and that positioning, coupled with the low elevation of Death Valley, which is 282 feet below sea level in certain places, assures high temperatures throughout much of the year.

 In July of 1913, the area was enduring an especially scorching heat wave, as temperatures exceeded 125 F for more than a week straight. By July 10, the temperature peaked at 134 F, a temperature that was measured at a weather observation post at Greenland Ranch. Interestingly enough, the high for the day was just one degree cooler than the thermometer at Greenland Ranch was capable of measuring. Though Death Valley still holds the distinction it earned on that especially hot day in July of 1913, for much of the 101 years since it was not officially recognized as the record holder thanks to an erroneous report of a 136 F degree day in Libya in 1922. That error, which was blamed on the inexperience of the weather observer and outdated equipment, was eventually corrected by the World Meteorological Organization in 2012.