141 unofficial degrees at Furnace Creek

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141 unofficial degrees at Furnace Creek

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:28 am

I snapped this image on June 21, 2016 at around 3-4 p.m. due to the irony of the situation. Location is the just south of the main gate to Furnace Creek near the General Store.

I wonder if the thermometer stops at 141 degrees or if that was the actual temperature. The afternoon sun beating down on the surface must have added to the record temperature. Of course this thermometer is constantly calibrated by scientists at The National Weather Service, NASA, NPS, Death-Valley.Net Admin and The National Enquirer.

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Post by D.A. Wright » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:24 pm

It's in the sun ... ;-)
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Re: 141 unofficial degrees at Furnace Creek

Post by D.A. Wright » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:06 pm

Death Valley Dazed wrote:Of course this thermometer is constantly calibrated by scientists at The National Weather Service, NASA, NPS, Death-Valley.Net Admin and The National Enquirer.
:lol:
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How often does Xanterra replace their thermometer in DV?

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:08 pm

Brian, thanks for the sub-zero image. I photoshopped our two images side by side for comparison. The newer thermometer is larger and goes from -40 to +140 degrees. In spite of calibration calamities DV remains a land of extremes.

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Post by wbdeford » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:42 pm

No problem, except the date on mine was 2012, not 2014.

The high that day was 113, all time April record for the United States.

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Brian, thanks for noticing my error

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:04 pm

which I remedied with Photoshop. 113 degrees in April as an all time high in the U.S. - wow.

I wonder if the global warming trend continues what other heat record DV has in store for us?
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Post by wbdeford » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:31 am

I don't know, but it hasn't gotten to within 4 degrees of 134 in over 100 years. This actually causes some to doubt that 134 was a legitimate reading. They note that other places in the general area weren't smashing records that day, and that it was windier than would be expected for such an extreme temp. It was an odd month, regardless. One blazing hot week+ in the middle of an otherwise cool July. Note also that the days it hit 130 had below average lows:

July 1913 highs and lows:

1 117 70
2 121 71
3 104 83
4 110 77
5 126 73
6 125 89
7 127 89
8 128 90
9 124 98
10 134 85
11 129 85
12 130 85
13 131 85
14 127 86
15 110 86
16 118 88
17 118 95
18 108 94
19 106 83
20 105 75
21 98 77
22 100 80
23 108 87
24 107 81
25 108 77
26 104 74
27 105 75
28 108 76
29 108 75
30 111 72
31 111 73

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Post by D.A. Wright » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:54 pm

I never could quite understand the 134.6 and 136.4 argument between Death Valley and Libya. I didn't think they could do fractional degree readings back when the records were made. And it all seems like dyslexia of the last two digits anyway.
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Post by gedstrom » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:09 pm

D.A. Wright wrote:I never could quite understand the 134.6 and 136.4 argument between Death Valley and Libya. I didn't think they could do fractional degree readings back when the records were made. And it all seems like dyslexia of the last two digits anyway.
It's all about bragging rights...Just like the continuing efforts to build the worlds tallest building. Such tall buildings make no financial sense whatsoever. Beyond a certain height, the cost of building a strong enough frame outweighs the extra income generated.

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Tall buildings

Post by TrailHound » Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:16 am

gedstrom wrote:Such tall buildings make no financial sense whatsoever. Beyond a certain height, the cost of building a strong enough frame outweighs the extra income generated.
I have also read that really tall buildings lose a lot of income generating space on lower floors to elevator shafts needed to carry people to the upper floors.

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