Things are cooling off a bit here in West Michigan, and I see that other places are coming down, too.
Just got this email from a reader:
Highest temp ever recorded Sept 1922 (missed where, not in the US) 136 Deg F
Highest Temp ever in US 1913, Death Valley 134 deg F
A quick search bings us to Ask Yahoo:
The biggest scorcher ever noted was on September 13, 1922, in El Azizia (also known as Al ‘Aziziyah), Libya, when the mercury hit 136 degrees Fahrenheit. El Azizia is near the Sahara desert, so it’s no wonder the place gets so hot. Temperatures have likely gotten even hotter in the actual desert, but weather stations aren’t there to record it.
California’s Death Valley had the second-highest temperature. This desert area hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913. Like the Libyan city, Death Valley is in a mid or low latitude, which gets far more direct sun than the areas above 45 degrees north or south.
1922? 1913? The Model T line had only been running a few years when the Death Valley reading was taken. Maybe there’s more to global warming (if it even really exists) than human pollution? Maybe? I know it’s blasphemy to suggest it, so I’m just sayin’…