Flashback: Earth’s hottest temperature ever recorded was in 1913
Today, meteorologists and weather aficionados are gathering at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world record high temperature.
“On July 10, 1913, a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded here, which stands as the hottest air temperature ever recorded on a properly sited and maintained thermometer anywhere in the world,” the National Weather Service reports.
“This is as symbolic a mark for meteorologists as Mount Everest is for geographers,” said weather historian Christopher Burt last year. Burt works with the Weather Underground, a private meteorology company, and will be attending Wednesday’s festivities.