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CNN: Death Valley just recorded the hottest temperature on Earth
According to a report by CNN's Scottie Andrew, new record breaking temperatures have been recorded in California's Death Valley.
Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on Sunday, August 16th- potentially making it to be the hottest temperature recorded in the world since 1913.
The hottest, driest and lowest national park in California and Nevada recorded a preliminary high temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The all-time high of 134 degrees, reported over 100 years ago, was also recorded in Death Valley.
(130 degrees!!?? Can you imagine in the next 10 years how high the temperatures will be as the effects of global warming really begins to take shape?!)
Usually, the West and southwestern US experience the North American monsoon during this time of year, said Daniel Berc, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
But the monsoon hasn't developed as it typically does so instead of heavy rainfall Death Valley is getting hotter under high pressure, Berc told CNN.
It's been a sweltering summer for much of the US -- last month was the hottest July on record for seven states along the East Coast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Not to be outdone, Death Valley reported a high of 128 degrees last month, too -- its hottest temperature (until this month) since 2013, NOAA reported.
Why this matters:
Simply put, these unusual weather patterns and record breaking heat waves are not unusual at all- they are part of the story of climate change and its effects on the planet. Expect more of these "unusual records" and worsening conditions unless we as a planet start taking action and doing something about it.