Yesterday, Sunday, August 16, saw temperatures in Death Valley, California, reach a staggering 54.4 degrees Celsius (130F). This was the hottest temperature to be recorded anywhere on Earth since July 1913, with the record also being in Death Valley.
The temperature record was set in the aptly named Furnace Creek, and the excruciating heat will mean a Climates Extreme Committee will need to be formed for verification.
A statement from the Iowa State University said: “Death Valley, California recorded a high temperature of 130°F at 3:41 PM PDT on Sunday, August 16, 2020.
“This temperature was measured at Furnace Creek near the Visitors Center using a National Weather Service owned automated observation system.
“This observed high temperature is considered preliminary and not yet official.
“If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913, also at Death Valley.
“As this is an extreme temperature event, the recorded temperature will need to undergo a formal review.
“A Climate Extremes Committee will be formed to verify the validity of the 130°F reading.”
To make matters worse, fire tornadoes ripped through California as wildfires ravaged the State.
Firenadoes, as they are known, are caused when regular tornadoes sweep up wildfires, helping to spread the catastrophic blaze near the Nevada-California border.
Dawn Johnson, a meteorologist with the service in Reno, Nevada, told the New York Times: “It’s not like a typical tornado where it happens, everything clears out and you safely go and investigate.
“In this case, there’s a massive wildfire burning in the same location, so the logistics are a lot more complicated.”
Ben Gelber, a longtime meteorologist with WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, added: “It’s applying our traditional knowledge of tornadoes to a rare phenomenon. It’s so unusual, it’s a little difficult to wrap our heads around.
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“Of course, the towering clouds created by fires, we’ve all seen that. But the tornadic feature or multiple fire whirls, that’s just incredible.”
What makes firenadoes more problematic is that they can alter the path of wildfires more erratic thus making it more difficult to predict where the wildfire to spread to.
John Mittelstadt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told Fox News: “The big concern is that it’s extremely erratic fire behaviour.
“For any of the firefighters who are working on one flank of the fire, all of a sudden, there is no way to predict what the winds are going to do or how strong they are going to be.”
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