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Death Valley regains distinction as ‘hottest place on Earth’

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free Stock Photo of Death Valley Sand Dunes

A little adjustment as to the world’s hottest temperature ever recorded: Until now, that distinction had belonged to an Italian army base near El Azizia, Libya, where it was thought the mercury reached 136 degrees on September 13, 1922—90 years ago today. But the Washington Post says atmospheric scientists now insist that was a misread. Upshot: The new hottest recorded temperature ever belongs to Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, where it reached 134 on July 10, 1913.

Below, an old photo of the Greenland Ranch Weather Station from National Park Service archives.

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