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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by D.A. Wright » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:26 am

Maybe DV will recapture the heat record for the world once again.
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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by TrailHound » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:16 am

Death Valley holds the world heat record of 134F recorded on 7/10/1913.

The old record of 136.4F recorded at Al Azizia, Libya, on 9/13/1922 has been disallowed.

See here:

https://maps.wunderground.com/blog/weat ... =89&page=2

There are some who say that the DV record is also doubtful, but at the moment it stands.

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by Candace_66 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:26 pm

For my part, living here in Vegas, I'm ready for a break from these "excessive" temperatures! Supposedly the "excessive heat warning" ends this evening. But forecast highs will still be 105+ as far out as the NWS forecast goes.

I think I'm ready for a break, maybe I should go up to the White Mountains for a few days. Except if I do, I guess I'll get smoked out by the CA fires. :razz:

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by wbdeford » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:43 pm

One really puzzling thing about that week+ in 1913 was that the extreme highs, including 3 days of 130+, had very ordinary looking lows for the most part (actually below average):

1913 Hi Low
7/4 110 77
7/5 126 73
7/6 125 89
7/7 127 89
7/8 128 90
7/9 124 98
7/10 134 85
7/11 129 85
7/12 130 85
7/13 131 85
7/14 127 86
7/15 110 86

It's puzzling enough that I question the validity of the readings those dates. Compare these numbers to the past 12 days:

2018
Mon 7/16 124°/96°
Tue 7/17 123°/102°
Wed 7/18 120°/103°
Thu 7/19 121°/101°
Fri 7/20 120°/93°
Sat 7/21 115°/96°
Sun 7/22 119°/93°
Mon 7/23 125°/96°
Tue 7/24 127°/95°
Wed 7/25 127°/102°
Thu 7/26 127°/100°
Fri 7/27 127°/94°

I'm no meteorologist, so there may be a perfectly logical explanation for these readings being legitimate.

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by kwalsh » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:36 pm

The DV 1913 record is questionable:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/cap ... e-in-1913/

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by Candace_66 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:07 pm

Agreed, the 1913 low temperatures in that chart look way off. Especially when you contrast them to the lows over the last week or so. And moreso when you look at the information in that article, comparing the FC readings to other data points.

Having said that though, last October I spent a couple of days in the northern part of Desert Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. It got up to 80 or so each day, but the night in between (I was camped near Desert Lake) it dropped down to 29 degrees! Those readings came from my Jeep's external thermometer (which seems fairly accurate) and were confirmed by my own senses. ;-)

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by D.A. Wright » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:51 pm

Lingenfelter has a discussion regarding the record high in his book DEATH VALLEY & THE AMARGOSA. I believe official standards for instrument boxes have changed since then.
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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:15 am

Ranger Aly Heare at 130 degrees in front of Vistors Center 7/24/2018. Note that Aly says it was 127 in the shade so there was a three degrees difference in the official vs. the VC display?

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by wbdeford » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:45 pm

The thermometer for the display is not the same as the one that meets official standards.

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by Candace_66 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:02 pm

Wow, and Scotty's is still closed from the Oct. 2015 storms!

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by Candace_66 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:01 am

100 degrees at 8:00 AM :twisted: Forecast to reach 121 at FC.

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Re: Death Valley weather

Post by wbdeford » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:45 pm

This link gets you the last 3 days of hourly data. I question the accuracy in spots, such as when it goes from 88 to 100 between 7 and 8AM:

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getob ... m=72&raw=0

In the link, you can change the 72 to another number to get more or less hours.....

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