One of Earth's most hallowed weather records fell this week. The all-time highest temperature on this planet was long thought to be the 136.4 degrees recorded at El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. Recently, however, weather historians called the validity of that record into question. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) investigated and determined that the Libyan record was inaccurate and cited five reasons. Basically, the reading was not taken according to accepted siting guidelines for weather instruments. The most serious violation was that the temperature was measured in a paved courtyard ovr a black, asphalt-like surface by an inexperienced observer. The new observer improperly recorded the observation. It is believed the true temperature on September 13, 1922 was about 124 degrees.
Where is the new "hottest place" in the world? It's not that far away-Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California. On July 10, 1913, the temperature soared to 134 degrees. And that's the new world record high temperature.