Death Valley lives up to its name, with temperatures in the California desert hitting nearly record highs of 54.4 ° C on Friday, June 9th. An even higher, albeit completely unconfirmed, temperature was later recorded on Sunday at 56.6 ° C.
Death Valley lives up to its name
According to the National Weather Service, a temperature of 54.4 ° C was recorded in Death Valley on June 9.
The official global heat record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an air temperature of 56.7 ° C, recorded at Furness Creek in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.
However, some researchers have questioned the veracity of this record, especially after a long-standing world record was dropped in 2012. A record temperature of 58 ° C was recorded in Al-Aziziyah in Libya on September 13, 1922.
Death Valley is also one of the driest places on Earth, with an average of only 6 centimeters of rainfall annually.
“The observed temperatures were so extreme that they went far beyond the historically observed temperatures. This makes it difficult to reliably quantify how rare the event was. According to the most realistic statistical analysis, this event is about 1 event in 1000 years in today's climatic conditions,”the report says.