Death Valley records 130°F, possibly among hottest days ever, Internet jokes 'just cook an egg on the floor'

This is the first time since 1913 that Death Valley has reached 130°F and if verified, this could be one of the hottest temperatures the Earth has ever seen in August

                            Death Valley records 130°F, possibly among hottest days ever, Internet jokes 'just cook an egg on the floor'
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California is bearing the brunt of climate change lately. After the rare, fiery tornado of August 15 near the Nevada border stormed the region, now it is the heatwave that sending temperatures soaring in the Death Valley. On August 16, the mercury in Death Valley, California, surged to 130 degrees at 3.41 pm, possibly setting a groundbreaking record for the highest temperature ever observed during August. This is the first time since 1913 that Death Valley has reached 130°F. In July 2013, it last reached 129°F as mentioned by National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center.

Tweeting about the temperature rise NWS wrote, "National High/Low temps for Sunday, August 16: 130 at Death Valley, CA; 23 at Peter Sinks, UT #cawx #utwx" 



There is also a possibility that the temperature will come under the top three highest temperatures ever recorded on earth if the heat persists. If verified, the reading could break Valley's previous record for August by three degrees. Since then many scientists are monitoring the situation in the valley and stating their observations. "I am recommending that the World Meteorological Organization preliminarily accept the observation. In the upcoming weeks, we will, of course, be examining it in detail, along with the U.S. National Climate Extremes Committee, using one of our international evaluation teams," said Randy Cerveny, who leads the World Meteorological Organization’s weather department and climate extreme teams, as reported in MSN news.

Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest location in the United States. Furnace Creek, where its temperature is measured, rests at 190 feet below sea level in the Mojave Desert of southeastern California. The place recorded an average temperature of 108.1 degrees in 2018, representing the hottest month. It also hit at least 120 degrees in 21 days, according to MSN news. "The earth probably saw its highest temperature ever reliably recorded today: 130F (54.4C) in California. But it's not a record that will last," wrote environmentalist Bill McKibben, hinting that the temperature might set even more terrible records due to global warming. 


Just as the news of soaring temperatures dropped, the internet was flooded with talk about climate change. Commenting on the scorching heat, some said they could just put an “egg on the floor” and it would be ready to eat. Some others, who are natives of the valley, had some hilarious logic behind its name saying that the valley reached "dumb temperatures" which is why it got its name Death Valley. Some, however, were rather concerned about the environment and believed that this news is a case of “irreversible global heating”. 


Another responded to the egg joke and tweeted, "Some of the furniture are honestly really cute like the wreath but then... some are just like 'it's a big egg and u put it on the floor and u sit on the egg congratulations it's an egg chair' and i want to throw them off a cliff."


"I grew up knowing it reached dumb temperatures like that and thus why it was called 'Death Valley'.....Looking it up, it's been a hot minute (heh) since it reached that in human recorded history, but still it's known for being f**k hot,” wrote one lamenting the news. 


“Today Death Valley may have recorded the hottest temp ever measured on Earth (pending verification. Please understand: it will get hotter, and hotter, and hotter, so long as we burn fossil fuels. This is irreversible global heating," tweeted a concerned user.


"This weekend, California has seen: Tornado-warned ash clouds roaring off the Loyalton fire, rolling blackouts, a possible all-time world record high temperature in Death Valley, an extremely abnormal thunderstorm complex move through the Bay area and Climate change is here," tweeted a user summing up the devastation that has unfolded in California in the past few days.


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