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Libya’s world heat record overturned

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Earth's all time warmest temperature has been disclaimed by a team of 13 atmospheric scientists from nine countries. These scientists were a team of climate experts from The World Meteorological Organization (WMO). They found that the 136 degree F temperature recorded in El Azizia, Libya, to be incorrect.

El Azizia, Libya, supposedly recorded a high temperature of 136.4 degrees F (58 degrees C) on Sept. 13, 1922, and this temperature has often been cited as the highest temperature ever recorded in the world.

An investigation completed by the WMO Commission of Climatology (CCI) in 2010-2011 uncovered major concerns with the temperature record. They believe that the combination of a poor weather instrument, a location in a bad spot for accurate readings, and an inexperienced record keeper was enough to determine the Libyan record invalid.

It is now believed that the July 10, 1913, high temperature of 134 degrees (56.7 degrees C) observed at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, Calif., is the new world record high temperature.

Death Valley's climate in unlike any other on the planet. It has an elevation of 282 feet below sea level and has an average daily high temperature of 115 degrees and a low of 87 during the month of July. Death Valley is possibly the hottest place in North America and perhaps the hottest place in the world.

Death Valley is located 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA and a bout 100 miles west of Las Vegas, NV. It average only 2" of rain each year and once during a 40 moth period from 193101934, Death Valley received only .50" of rain. Now that's a desert.

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