July set Death Val­ley record

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twitter: @JosephSerna

There’s hot, and then there’s Death Val­ley hot.

While South­ern California and much of the West cooked in July un­der a pair of heat waves that killed live­stock, knocked out power and en­cour­aged wild­fires, nowhere was the heat more bru­tally en­dur­ing than in Death Val­ley.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, Death Val­ley Na­tional Park broke its 100-year-old record for the hottest month ever in July, when the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture was 107.4 de­grees, eclips­ing the 1917 record of 107.2.

Though 107 de­grees doesn’t sound that bad, keep in mind the av­er­age in­cludes night­time tem­per­a­tures.

The av­er­age overnight tem­per­a­ture in Death Val­ley last month was 95 de­grees.

The av­er­age day­time high was 119.6, said me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alex Boothe.

“It looks like there were a cou­ple of days below 115,” he said — a con­so­la­tion of some sort.

The hottest day of the month was July 7, when it reached 127 de­grees. It also reached that tem­per­a­ture twice in June.

The world record for heat — 134 de­grees — was set in Death Val­ley on June 10, 1913.

Ezra Shaw Getty Images

COLLEEN ZATO, center, and a mem­ber of her sup­port team dur­ing the an­nual Bad­wa­ter 135-mile race in Death Val­ley last month.

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