It took 99 years, but Death Valley finally got the record.
The World Meteorological Organization announced last week that it now considers Death Valley National Park the hottest place on Earth.
The highest recorded surface temperature of 134 degrees (56.7 degrees Celsius) was measured on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch — now fittingly called Furnace Creek.
That was apparently surpassed on Sept. 13, 1922, with a reading of 136.4 degrees (58 C) in what is now Libya.
But that reading long has been disputed. An international panel investigated and found a number of mistakes had been made at the time by an inexperienced observer.