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10:12 AM on 09/15/2012
After ten more years of our insane commitment to natural gas and oil and "clean" coal, the title of hottest place on earth will probably have ten cities in a tie: Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, and possibly Denver, Chicago, New York and St. Louis.
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morris111
fac fortia et patere
02:31 AM on 09/17/2012
In ten years, you'll look back and realize what a foolish post you just made.
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cimmereo
manu ad ferram
06:03 AM on 09/17/2012
The world will have ended by then.
09:37 AM on 09/17/2012
Just a little hyperbole. In ten years, you'll wish you had a sense of humor and GED.
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Counterglow
Werner Heisenberg may have been right.
10:40 PM on 09/17/2012
"Clean coal" is an oxymoron.
11:33 PM on 09/17/2012
It's sickening that the big fossil fuels companies position their products in such a misleading fashion: clean coal is NOT clean and natural gas is NOT natural, not in the sense of the way it is extracted. And yes, clean coal is an oxymoron!
12:23 AM on 09/15/2012
As an Arizonan I am pretty pissed we don't have that title. California beats us again.
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02:51 PM on 09/15/2012
But you have the Grand Canyon! And the painted desert. And Monument Valley.

And Wonder Woman is from Phoenix.

Arizona is pretty unbeatable.
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YogiDarwin
What would Saul Alinsky do?
04:43 AM on 09/16/2012
And in the summer, the TV weather people report Phoenix's temperature in the single digits. "It was 8 today but it will be cooler tomorrow with a high of 7." Hilarious.
09:59 PM on 09/14/2012
It's only going to get worse.
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Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
11:56 PM on 09/14/2012
everything is going to get worse, it's called entropy.
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BillFromDover
05:27 AM on 09/15/2012
"it's called entropy."

I disagree. It is called the conservative mindset!
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Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
09:37 PM on 09/14/2012
"On July 10, 1913, Greenland Ranch in Death Valley recorded a surface temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit"

1913.. Nearly a hundred years ago it was hotter there than this summer.
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BillFromDover
05:28 AM on 09/15/2012
And you point is exactly... what?
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J Owen Williams
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03:21 AM on 09/16/2012
I think that they are trying to imply that global warming is false.
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DMcD
America...where Left is Right and Right is Wrong
07:51 PM on 09/14/2012
Been there , done that (in August) & yes....it's hotter than hates.
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11:17 PM on 09/14/2012
same here, also in august. . . . . . .you can't really describe it to someone who hasn't been there
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buminthesun421
As a matter of fact, I AM a wise-ass...
09:49 PM on 09/15/2012
That's Hades... Home of the devil.
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DMcD
America...where Left is Right and Right is Wrong
11:57 PM on 09/15/2012
Righto....my bad , typo
06:22 PM on 09/14/2012
The highest recorded temperature might have been in Death Valley. But what is the place that has the highest average annual temperature? According to Guiness Book of World Records: "Between 1960 and 1966, the highest average annual mean temperature in Dallol, Ethiopia was recorded at 94 °F" and according to Infoplease Almanac: "Hottest summer average in Western Hemisphere (US): Death Valley, Calif., 98 °F (36.7 °C)."

There are a number of areas in the world that get hot and stay hot. Death Valley is one of them.
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Danilo-11
This is your brain after playing football
06:09 PM on 09/14/2012
Took 70 years to find out that that temperature was wrong???
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erebus99
Hey - wasn't that our exit?
05:09 PM on 09/14/2012
I've seen 126 degrees outside of Indio, California, about 30 years ago, but Palm Springs that year was worse - with more swimming pools per square mile than anywhere else on earth it was 118 degrees with 100% humidity. It rained in the afternoon without a cloud in the sky.
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jeffhintx
Yummy gruel! Thanks 1 percent!
04:54 PM on 09/16/2012
I do not remember Palm Springs being humid...ever.
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erebus99
Hey - wasn't that our exit?
09:51 AM on 09/17/2012
It was like being in a sauna. The only other place I've seen it rain like that was Okinawa in the summer.
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AtomicallyCorrect
Just a ghost in a meat suit
05:04 PM on 09/14/2012
Hiked it in September 2010, all 140 miles to Mt. Whitney. 100-122 while I was there.
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J Owen Williams
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03:22 AM on 09/16/2012
Did you die?
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lensamy
Humpty Dumpty was pushed.
05:26 PM on 09/16/2012
Obviously he/shes using the internet from the other side ;P.
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snapshot1940
"We have met the enemy and he is us"
04:56 PM on 09/14/2012
People who live in the Laughlin, bullhead city and Lake Havasu area experience Death Valley temps, minus maybe 5 degrees, every summer.
06:29 PM on 09/14/2012
Yep, and along the river the higher humidity is a factor. The temperature might not get as high as Death Valley but it's a brutal heat. Death Valley humidity is in the single digits.

Up river from Bullhead, in the canyon with the heat reflecting off the stone walls, it gets even hotter.
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snapshot1940
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08:27 PM on 09/14/2012
I know.  I've sailed up the lake many times.
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KFMac001
04:43 PM on 09/14/2012
We drove through Death Valley a number of times, but the absolutely most unbearable time was in late Aug. 2008. Within half an hour the dry air gave me a nosebleed, breathing was harder, and my skin was chapped for a week. The heat was akin to standing in front of a pizza oven. Death Valley is beautiful in it's lonely and desolate landscape, but I'll take hot and humid any day over dry and searing. I have utmost respect for any creature who can live in the desert.
06:40 PM on 09/14/2012
I've hiked all over in all sorts of weather. I've spent many, many long days out in the desert sun and many hot nights waiting for the air to cool so I could sleep. I've blistered my hands climbing sun-heated cliffs. But I far and away prefer dry heat to humid heat. When it's dry, sweat cools but when it's humid you just get wet.
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DMcD
America...where Left is Right and Right is Wrong
08:01 PM on 09/14/2012
True....I lived & worked (Framing houses) in PalmSprings for many years & came to notice the change in humidity from all the added pools & golf courses. Used to be hot but dry with little humidity, meaning when you went into the shade, it was cool...especially from the natural cooling effect of your sweat but....after years of adding pools, landscaping & golf facilities, the humidity was nearly unbearable....going into the shade made no difference anymore. The change was so stark that I stopped spending my lunch hour beneath a tree & opted to spend it standing in the frozen foods section of the local market.
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The Dude67
Authority is not the truth, truth is the authority
04:24 PM on 09/14/2012
Ok this is off topic, but the last two "recommended for you" pop outs for me have been:

Woman Pulls Gun During Sex With Driver of Moving Car.
And
Man Stabbed in Buttocks 5 Times in Random Attack.  

Oh wait a new one... College Student's Mother Found Her Daughter Hanging From a Tree.
10:20 PM on 09/14/2012
I just got "Woman commits suicide during 911 call - Graphic Audio"

What have we done wrong?
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JohnCochtosten
04:23 PM on 09/14/2012
For a place to actually be "the hottest place in the world", shouldn't they use the average daily temperature instead of a singly day record? Otherwise, it's just "the hottest place in the world if you have a time machine."
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The Dude67
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04:28 PM on 09/14/2012
It's all ball bearings these days.  Maybe you boys need a refresher course.  : )
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JohnCochtosten
04:31 PM on 09/14/2012
I think it's the bypass line.
06:42 PM on 09/14/2012
From Guiness Book of World Records. 1999: 250: "Between 1960 and 1966, the highest average annual mean temperature in Dallol, Ethiopia was recorded at 94 °F"
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JohnCochtosten
07:02 PM on 09/14/2012
That's what I'm talking about. Thanks.
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Tribal Knowledge
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04:20 PM on 09/14/2012
I have been in 128 in both Saudi and in Needles and Havasu - with Havasu, there was a much hotter (than that) area where the dark canyon walls reflected the heat.

There is a beauty in it.
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bluelyne
04:38 PM on 09/14/2012
I love Death Valley. Before I moved to the West, I always thought it was just a flat, dry place. Not so. Mountains, gorgeous views at sunset. Every part of it is different. Sand with a turqoise tinge, beautiful wildflowers in the Spring, Badwater (the lowest point below sea level in N. America), the dried up salt lake. You see the old borax wagons. If you are ever in the area, go see it. It's worth the trip and I've never heard of anyone who did go there, that didn't like it. Mt. Whitney (highest point in the 48 states) is only 86 miles away.
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The Dude67
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04:16 PM on 09/14/2012
I lived in Phoenix a few years ago and golfed on a day the temp hit 118.  My vision gets blurry just thinking about it.
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bluelyne
04:40 PM on 09/14/2012
First time I went to Death Valley, it was 120 in July. I only walked a few feet out of the car at Badwater. Got back in the car and my face was bright red and my pulse was racing. You can go in the summer but I think you would enjoy your visit alot more when it's a little cooler. I'll still take Vegas at 110 in the summer rather than Indianapolis at 100.
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The Dude67
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05:27 PM on 09/14/2012
Vegas has pools!
06:48 PM on 09/14/2012
In the desert during summer it's nicer in the early morning. It's good to take a lesson from wildlife and be active in the coolest part of the day. Later, hide from the heat and recouperate. You can get five or more hours of activity when it's cooler. And, if you're out before the sunrise, you don't have to deal with direct sun.