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-45 degrees F in October in Utah...wondering....

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:49 pm
by wbdeford
It was -45F this morning in Peter Sinks, Utah....about a 1/2 mile away and about 300 ft higher, it was about -4F. The terrain allows this huge difference at night in calm winds. This got me to wondering.....

Does DVNP have any areas where this sort of thing could occur--a large temp difference within a short distance and not much elevation change?

Re: -45 degrees F in October in Utah...wondering....

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:02 am
by Death Valley Dazed
wbdeford wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:49 pm
Does DVNP have any areas where this sort of thing could occur--a large temp difference within a short distance and not much elevation change?
Good catch Brian, wondering if true but in the opposite temperature direction of heat. One would assume Badwater is always the hottest, but maybe there is a "sink" somewhere with higher temps?

Re: -45 degrees F in October in Utah...wondering....

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:48 pm
by Gowergulch42
I have experienced inversion layers in the park several times; most often in the winter after storms. It'll be in the 50s in the valley but also up at Wildrose. I've never seen or heard about a 40 degree difference though, however we do have those in Oregon (ice in Portland, 45 and sunny at Mount Hood).