The trip to Death Valley on Sunday June 30, 2013 yield results that could have broken the record at Furnace Creek in 1913. The record stands at 134F, but a temperature of 135.5F at Badwater Basin may go down as one the weather ‘service’ missed.
Badwater Basin is the lowest spot in North America. At 282 Feet below sea level it is lower than Furnace Creek, where the 134F temperature was held on July 10, 1913 and ‘officially’ still stands for today. The basin however has different topography than Furnace Creek, a reason I decided to head out there and test it out.
In Southern California, when the Santa Ana Winds blow it gets hotter as they descend from the mountain slopes and passes. These winds heat up, a reason the winds are properly called Santana Winds, meaning Devil Winds. These hot winds are due to the complex topography in Southern California.
NOAA does not have sensors where I believe is the hottest place in Death Valley. Badwater Basin has cliffs to the south and east, placing the area in a small nook in the mountain range towering over it. On June 30, 2013 I recorded 135.5F degrees here. This was due to the topography of Badwater Basin. The trip was decided on for this very reason.
A southeast low level wind would come off the cliffs and tall mountains to the southeast of the basin. This would bring the breeze to rush downward and heat up as it did. Once it hit the Badwater Basin parking lot and surrounding basin zones, the low level air would heat up … and it did.
NOAA blindly sees that the Death Valley temperature on June 30, 2013 was 129F degrees. However this reading was at Furnace Creek, not Badwater Basin. They do not have sensors there and one has to question their judgement as to why. Officially in my work I am throwing NOAA out of the picture here because this is akin to them missing a tornado by miles when other storm chasers caught it. They are 17 miles from the hottest location on Earth, standing now at 135.5F and I am proud to argue them on the scientific reasoning behind Badwater Basin.
I do hope this spreads far and wide, because I do believe we will miss a chance at a world record reading somewhere where the ‘professionals’ were not.
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