CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 |
The record heat in Death Valley turned the hot spot into a draw for the meteorologically curious - and brave. According to the National Weather Service , Sunday's highest temperature was 129 degrees, making it the hottest June temperature ever recorded in the U.S. The soaring temperature also beat out the park's hottest temperature from last summer by one degree, according to park officials. "It's early for us to have these temperatures in June," said park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman.
August 29, 2011 |
Even after the weekend's Video Music Awards, MTV continues to celebrate its 30th birthday and to push for new relevance with two shows premiering Monday. "Ridiculousness," hosted by Rob Dyrdek, is a rip-off of "America's Funniest Home Videos" and skewed to a younger, hipper demographic. So instead of toddlers running headfirst into dishwashers (always hilarious), it's young men on skateboards and pogo sticks doing tricks that end badly, often with deleterious effects to their reproductive organs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2012 |
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.
February 13, 2011 |
In the summer, the sun in Death Valley shows no mercy, pushing the mercury over the 115-degree mark, sucking every drop of moisture from the earth and air. It is a cruel dictator. Winter then stages a coup. Daytime highs average in the 80s, nighttime lows in the 30s. Life returns to the 3-million-acre national park, and visitors will find a flourishing golf course, horseback rides, Jeep rentals, hiking, swimming pools and the historic and highly regarded 1930s-style Furnace Creek Inn. As an added prize, the 5,270 square miles of Death Valley serve up some amazing sunrises and sunsets in winter.
February 21, 2013 |
Death Valley National Park gained a new distinction Wednesday for its night sky and the care it has taken to protect and preserve the darkness. The International Dark-Sky Assn. selected Death Valley as an International Dark Sky Park for its exceptional skyscape, educational programs and steps it has taken to reduce the glow and glare of artificial lights inside the park. There are 11 parks worldwide that have received the dark-sky moniker. "Death Valley is a place to gaze in awe at the expanse of the Milky Way, follow a lunar eclipse, track a meteor shower, or simply reflect on your place in the universe," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement.
July 12, 2012 |
It was 125 degrees in Death Valley National Park on Wednesday, and 126 on Tuesday. Of course, the searing temperatures did plummet to a low of 98 degrees at night. But the excessive heat and red-flag warnings won't stop a bunch of rarefied runners from competing in the 35th Badwater Ultramarathon beginning Monday at Badwater, the lowest point in Death Valley, about 17 miles south of Furnace Creek. Race director Chris Kostman says temperatures are supposed to cool down during the weekend but the race goes on -- rain or ultra-shine.