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Anyone going this week?

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wbdeford
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Anyone going this week?

Post by wbdeford » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:16 pm

Heat wave this week....wishing I could be there!

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Post by Gowergulch42 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:50 pm

Hottest I was ever in was 115 in 2012… I meant to go the year after, as it was in the mid 120s and with thunder and lightning, about as close as you can get on Earth to Venus! One year I'll make it out there in 120+. My dad went last year, and described it as "Like having the hairdryer on hot, on full blast, all over your body; even in the shade."
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Post by TrailHound » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:06 am

We hiked Telescope Peak one Fourth of July. At the end of the day, we ran the air conditioner full blast on the long descent to Stovepipe - no chance of overheating the car. Standing in the parking lot, I told my wife: "Let's get inside. My eyeballs are drying out." It was 120.

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Post by wbdeford » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:32 am

I was there on a day that was officially 125 at Furnace Creek, but I was at Stovepipe Wells at the pool and the highest I saw was 120 there. Water bottles sitting in the shade pretty quickly got too hot to drink. I was also there April 22, 2012 when it reached 113...all time high for the USA in April.

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Waiting for chance at magic 130+

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:27 pm

Last June felt the official 128 degrees at the visitor's center around 3 pm and drove down to Badwater to see if I could register an unofficial 130 or higher but the thermometer I bought stopped at 120. Getting a better one for this year.
https://youtu.be/z63JSjwinx4 Short vid about the heat wave.
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Re: Waiting for chance at magic 130+

Post by wbdeford » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:13 pm

Death Valley Dazed wrote:Last June felt the official 128 degrees at the visitor's center around 3 pm and drove down to Badwater to see if I could register an unofficial 130 or higher but the thermometer I bought stopped at 120. Getting a better one for this year.
https://youtu.be/z63JSjwinx4 Short vid about the heat wave.
Nice! This could be the week 130 is reached again.

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Post by desertdryad » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:12 pm

I'm waiting until it cools down... NEXT week ;-) :lol: ;-)

My very first trip into DV was in the first few days of July in the early 90's - the year, that is. I used to have a photograph from that trip - haven't seen that photo in ages - of the thermometer outside Stovepipe Wells General Store reading 134 degrees F ....

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Post by D.A. Wright » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:56 am

I worked in Trona for almost 20 years, does that count? I remember it being 124 on two occassions, one time with heavy, dry thunderstorm activity (no rain, but high huidity). Ambient temps in the plant ran over 150 when the air temps were in the one-teens due to all the steam and gas fired kilns and other equipment.
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Post by desertdryad » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:09 pm

150???? :shock:

David wins, hands down!

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Post by Candace_66 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:17 am

On June 21st, I drove from Las Vegas to Lone Pine across Death Valley. The highest temperature I saw on my vehicle's readout was 126. BTW that was not in the Furnace Creek area, it was up near the Beatty cutoff intersection.

But I didn't stop, so I guess I can't say I actually got to experience it, LOL :razz:

P.S. it was 104 on top of Towne Pass!

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Post by David_Bricker » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:54 am

Was out at PSR over the 4th of July weekend, and the week prior. It had cooled off, and as such was only 116 or so.

Heading to Lost Wages on the 8th of July, the FC Visitor Center "unofficial" sign board showed 128.

And my darling son made me help him pour concrete that week!

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