Posted: Jul 12, 2014 4:47 PM by Pat Shingleton
Saturday's column recognized the hottest spot in the United States, Death Valley, and a reading of 134 degrees on July 10,1913; the highest temperature in North America and worldwide until September 13, 1922 when El Azizia, Libya, reported 136 degrees. The Death Valley reading was recorded at Furnace Creek Ranch from July 8th through the 14th,1913. A maximum temperature of 127 degrees was logged each day, never dropping below 85. Historians contend that the temperature could have been higher because the Weather Bureau thermometer was calibrated to 135 degrees while other thermometers recorded higher readings. In 1949, climatologist Arnold Court determined that the 134 degree reading has a probability of occurring only once in 650 years.