High Temperature at Death Valley : Heat Dome


  • One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached at Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert where it soared to 54.4 degrees Celsius
  • The high temperature is a result of a‘heat dome’ that is smothering the west coast of the USA.

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Heat Dome

  • Heat Domes is high-pressure circulation traps hot ocean air like a lid or a cap trapping heat at the surface and favouring the formation of a heat wave.
  • Sometimes, the scorching heatis ensnared in what is called a heat dome.
  • High-pressure circulationin the atmosphere acts like a dome or cap, trapping heat at the surface and favoring the formation of a heat wave.

Furnace Creek

  • A census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California.
  • Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest recorded air temperature on Earth at 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.
  • Furnace Creek also holds the record for the highest recorded natural ground surface temperature on Earth at 201 °F (93.9 °C) on July 15, 1972.

Source: The Hindu and Wikipedia


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