Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2016
An Investigation of Death Valley’s 134°F (56.7°C) World Air Temperature Record
In 2012 the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) disallowed what had long been considered the hottest air temperature ever measured on Earth: a 58.0°C (136.4°F) reading measured at El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. As a result of this record being struck from the books, the temperature of 134°F (56.7°C) recorded at Greenland Ranch at Furnace Creek in Death Val...
Updated: 9:29 PM GMT on October 24, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:30 AM GMT on September 07, 2016
Hottest Temperature Ever Measured in September for Europe
LATE UPDATE: An intense heat wave has occurred in recent days in the Iberian Peninsula with a site in Spain, Sanlucar La Mayor, measuring 46.4°C (115.5°F) on Monday, September 5th. This (if verified) would be the hottest temperature ever observed anywhere in Europe during the month of September. THE SANLUCAR LA MAYOR TEMPERATURE IS APPEARING DUBIOUS. HOWEVER, THE 45.7°C (114.3°F) REPORTED FROM...
Updated: 5:13 AM GMT on September 21, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:17 AM GMT on August 19, 2016
Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth: PART TWO
In my previous blog I discussed the various contenders for what might be the hottest reliably measured air temperatures on Earth. That blog focused on those that were most likely not reliable for various reasons. In this blog I will briefly list those that I believe to be the most reliably measured. This takes into account such factors as climatology (general and specific to the sites at time...
Updated: 12:28 AM GMT on August 23, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:45 PM GMT on July 22, 2016
Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth
As Jeff Masters mentioned in his recent blog, a temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) was observed at Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21st. According to the Kuwait Meteorological Department this was the hottest temperature ever measured in the country (a reading of 54.4°C/129.9°F observed at the same site on July 16, 2010 has been disallowed as a result of a faulty sensor). The 54.0°C reading also is a new reco...
Updated: 4:18 AM GMT on July 23, 2016
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:10 PM GMT on June 30, 2016
Is California a ‘State in Denial’ concerning its Drought?
Following the first year of near average rainfall compared to the past four years of extreme drought conditions, California has decided to retract all urban water conservation efforts for the foreseeable future. The state’s reservoirs are full and various urban water municipalities have been losing money as a result of the water conservation efforts enforced last year. This effort succeeded b...
Updated: 3:21 AM GMT on July 02, 2016