Jul 10

Heatwave Day

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"It's too darn hot
It's too darn hot
I'd like to sup with my baby tonight
Refill the cup with my baby tonight
But I ain't up to my baby tonight '
Cause it's too darn hot"

~ Cole Porter, Kiss Me Kate, 1948

We're having a heat wave ... hot weather has descended on many places in the world in the northern hemisphere.
Last year around this time, records broke today all over the West Coast of the United State, particularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area which reached a new record high of 100 degrees, beating out the previous high on today's date of 92 degrees, in 1877! Temperature historians debate measurement techniques and numbers, but as it stands now, while there is no highest confirmed ground temperature, a reading of 93.9 °C (201 °F) was allegedly recorded in Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California on 15 July 1972 while the same location boasts the the highest registered air temperature on Earth at 56.7 °C (134.1 °F), measured on July 10th, 1913. Hot hot hot! 🌅

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, uses the sizzling colors of something so hot it burns to a crisp.  


According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the highest registered air temperature on Earth was 56.7 °C (134.1 °F) in Furnace Creek Ranch, California, located in the Death Valley desert in the United States, on July 10, 1913.


The highest temperature recorded on Earth has been measured in three different major ways: air, ground, and through satellite. The former of the three is used as the standard measurement, and is noted by the World Meteorological Organization among others for the official record. How the record is taken though has been subject to controversy regarding various factors such as environmental conditions.

 

For ninety years a former record that was measured in Libya had been in place until it was disqualified in 2012.

 

This also raised questions about the legitimacy of the current record which was measured in Death Valley, California. The WMO has since stated that they would be willing to open an investigation into the matter as all "available evidence" points to its accuracy. While there have been higher reports through air readings, none of these have ever been verified. The other two measurements of ground and satellite have also generated higher readings, but are less reliable and also unverified.


According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the highest registered air temperature on Earth was 56.7 °C (134.1 °F) in Furnace Creek Ranch, California, located in the Death Valley desert in the United States, on July 10, 1913.


For more on the previous record holder for hottest temperature measured and the surrounding controversy, click the sun!

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