Did/Will Death Valley Set Heat Record?

World Record Claimed at Badwater Basin (Source: TheWeatherSpace.com)

Last weekend’s massive southwestern heat wave stirred great interest in the Holy Grail of global warming advocacy – break Death Valley’s fabled 100-year old 134°F world record!

Will it fall? Won’t it? Will it? Won’t it? Did it??

Finding out the actual temperature of Death Valley is a lot harder than you think, especially given it is a major national park and the hottest place on Earth.

Which Thermometer to Choose?

There are at least 6 weather monitoring stations within a 35 mile stretch where the world record could be broke. They are:

  • Stovepipe Wells (CRN)
  • Cow Creek
  • Furnace Creek (2 stations)
  • Greenland Ranch
  • Badwater

The recognized world record was set at Greenland Ranch on July 10th, 1913.

Greenland Ranch is literally across the road from the two Furnace Creek stations maintained by the National Park Service. Cow Creek is about 1 mile North of Furnace Creek.

Stovepipe Wells is 18 miles northwest of Furnace Creek. Stovepipe Wells is one of 114 special ultramodern state-of-the-art automated weather stations set up nationwide to monitor long-term climate change. It is part of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN).
That is a big deal.

Weather Underground, a commonly used online weather service, gets its readings from the Stovepipe Wells station, but mistakenly labels it Furnace Creek. Stovepipe Wells typically has lower temperatures than Furnace Creek.

Badwater, at the lowest point in North America, is 17 miles south of Furnace Creek. The Badwater station is called an “unofficial” monitoring station. It was installed in 1998 by NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Badwater is perfectly sited in the Badwater heat sink where climatologists believe the highest temperatures in Death Valley may occur..

What is the “official” site?

The weather monitoring station maintained by the National Park Service at it’s Furnace Creek Visitors Center is the “official” weather station.

But that is not without controversy. You see, there are TWO monitoring stations at the visitor’s center only 200 feet apart. One is a very old fashioned high/low mercury thermometer that must be hand read by volunteers. The other is a modernized MMTS station upgrade that replaced the mercury thermometer back in 1999.

However, with no reason given, the Park Service went back to using the old mercury thermometer last September. Very strange. Perhaps not coincidentally, the switch was made at the same time the old El Azizia world record of 136.4°F was invalidated.

The National Park Service stations, whichever one is used at Furnace Creek, is where Accuweather gets its Death Valley temperature display data.

Look and you will see that the two popular online weather services display two quite different temperature readings for Death Valley:

Accuweather’s forcasts and actual measured temperatures are often several degrees higher than Weather Underground. Accuweather gets its data from the National Park Service at Furnace Creek, so is “official”.

The Buzz

Last Friday, Accuweather (through AOL) declared “Death Valley will approach the world’s hottest temperature record“. Normally staid Smithsonian grimly warned that predicted highs of 126°-129° “could spike even higher in some places in the Valley”.  The Atlantic Wire even posted a display so that its readers could watch history made in real time.

Accuweather forecast highs of 130° both Saturday and Sunday. If achieved, those highs would have been the 2nd highest air temperatures ever recorded.

The news media, typically, was giddy with excitement.

Actual Weekend Temperature Readings

 6/28 – 7/1 2013 Friday Saturday  Sunday Monday
Accuweather  125° 128° 129° 126°
Weather Underground 121° 124° 125° 125°

The Accuweather readings from the National Park Service should be “official”.


There you have it. The real temperature of Death Valley is about as clear as dry, cracked mud.

For AGW alarmists, a new Death Valley world record is the wettest wet dream of them all. It’s a high stakes game. Human-caused global warming theory is losing steam and needs a kick start to reinvigorate the movement. Nothing could do that faster or better than a new world heat record set at Death Valley.

Global warming proponents have been chomping at the bit for a new record ever since last September when the old El Azizia, Libya world record was invalidated. Death Valley then became Earth’s hottest place.

Depending on who you believe, either a new record was set, or it came up 6 degrees short of a new record. However, Death Valley’s record will eventually be beaten.

What if Badwater were first to break the 134° barrier? Would it be considered a world record given that it is not “official”? Who knows?

Does it make sense to use century old high/low mercury thermometer technology to determine the official high temperature when a modern MMTS station is only a few feet away and an ultra modern state-of-the-art CRN station is at Stovepipe Wells?

For sure, as long as Death Valley’s 100-year old record stands, it is a big black eye on global warming theory.


About azleader

Learning to see life more clearly... one image at a time!

Posted on Jul 2, 2013, in Business, Climate, climate change, Economy, environment, Life, nature, news, Politics, science. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The death of our once great nation began in 1945, as noted in the message sent today to members of the Committee on Space Science and Technology of the United States House of Representatives:

    The United States House of Representatives
    Committee on Space Science and Technology
    Washington, DC, USA


    RE: Open Message on the Corruption of Science:
    The Destruction of Inalienable Rights of Citizens

    Concern for our increasingly unstable society and for those trying to prevent it’s violent eruption by destroying basic constitutional rights of citizens would benefit from your active investigation and support, if confirmed, of one indisputable fact
    Supported by the best available scientific measurements and observations on rest masses, abundances and half-lives of atoms and elements in the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, meteorites, Mars and Jupiter;
    Consistent with the spiritual teachings of every major religion; and
    Hidden from the public after 1945 out of fear this information might be used to destroy life on Earth by nuclear annihilation:
    The core of the Sun is a pulsar that made our elements and gave explosive birth to the Solar System five billion years (5 Gyr) ago. Its source of energy – neutron repulsion – is the same energy that vaporized Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug 6 and 9, 1945 (and frightened world leaders into forming the United Nations on 24 Oct 1945 to save the world from nuclear annihilation). The Sun’s core is made of neutrons (n). An expanded neutron form – hydrogen atoms (1H) – pours from its atmosphere. Hydrogen and Helium are by-products of the production of solar energy. The most abundant atom in the Sun, iron-56 (56Fe), is the most stable combination of neutrons and hydrogen atoms. Other mixtures of neutrons and hydrogen atoms comprise every atom in the Solar System, as shown on the front cover of the Proceedings of the 1999 ACS Symposium on the Origin of Elements in the Solar System, organized with help from the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg:


    Half-life measurements at Purdue suggest that other than gravitational, electrical, nuclear and magnetic force fields invisibly connect every atom to the pulsar and to each other over vast regions of space (greater than the combined volume of ten billion, billion Earths) that filled with debris from the explosive birth of the Solar System five billion years ago.

    Our fate and Earth’s constantly changing climate depend entirely on the pulsar that government scientists hid from the public after 1945.

    Copies of this message will be sent to individual members of Congress and to others concerned about the tension between US citizens and the US government, the corruption of government science, and the loss of basic constitutional rights of US citizens.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Imnvestigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics
    Ph: 1-573-647-1377

Comments and questions are welcomed!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: