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North America: Highest Temperature

Record Value 56.7°C (134°F)
Date of Record 10/7/1913
Length of Record 1911-present
Instrumentation Regulation Weather Bureau thermometer shelter using maximum thermometer graduated to 135°F
Geospatial Location Furnace Creek, CA [36°27'N, 116°51'W, elevation: 54.6m (179ft)]

References

Court, 1949: How hot is Death Valley?, Geographical Review, 39, pp. 214-220;

Discussion

After examining the temperature record in detail, Court noted that this temperature may be the result of a sandstorm that occurred at the time. Such a storm may have caused superheated surface materials to hit upon the temperature in the shelter.

Furnace Creek, CA, USA

Closeup Satellite Image of modern Furnace Creek, California, USA

Furnace Creek, CA, USA

Regional Satellite Image of modern Furnace Creek, California, USA