..Yes, covered earlier. Some place in CA recorded 121°F/49.4°C.
Makes most tepid places here in Australia fit for Eskimos......Death Valley in Southern California is the hottest place on earth. At 3:41 p.m. on Sunday, it lived up to that reputation when the temperature at the aptly named Furnace Creek reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the NOAA Weather Prediction center.
If that reading — the equivalent of 54 degrees Celsius — is verified by climate scientists, a process that could take months, it would be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on earth.
Death Valley is no stranger to heat. Sitting 282 feet below sea level in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California near the Nevada border, it is the lowest, driest and hottest location in the United States. It is sparsely populated, with just 576 residents, according to the most recent census.
Brandi Stewart, the spokeswoman for Death Valley National Park, said that the valley is so hot because of the configuration of its lower-than-sea-level basin and surrounding mountains. The superheated air gets trapped in a pocket and just circulates. “It’s like stepping into a convection oven every day in July and August,” she said.
So how does 130 degrees, which she walked out into on Sunday, feel? “It doesn’t feel that different from 125 degrees,” she said. “The feeling of that heat on my face, it can almost take your breath away.”
She added that “People say, ‘Oh, but it’s a dry heat!’ I want to do a little bit of an eye roll there,” she said. “Humidity has its downsides too, but dry heat is also not fun.”
She grew up in western Pennsylvania and her last posting with the park service was Mount Rainier National Park, one of the snowiest places on earth. “I’m ready for cooler temperatures,” she said.
Fahrenheit is not measured in degrees
Wow, that brings back memories of last January here. Not that i live all that close to where our fires were but the smoke was just horrible, you could taste it and there wasn't a room in the house you could move to to get away from it.I saw blue sky in a break in the clouds. First time in almost 2 weeks.
Yowsers, what type of bear is that? And why is my mobile phone giving me a close up of it??