Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest part of the United States. It lies on the border of California and Nevada and was designated as a National Park on February 11, 1933. Death Valley is about 145 miles long and 16 miles wide and covers an area of about 3,000 square miles (7,800 km²). The valley runs north-south between the Amargosa Range to the east and the Panamint Range to the west; with the Sylvania Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains forming its northern and southern boundaries.
The lowest point of Death Valley - Badwater Basin - is the lowest point in the United States (and all of the Americas) at -282 ft (85.5 m) below sea level, it is overlooked by the 11,049 feet high Telescope Peak. On July 10, 1913 a temperature of 134° F (57° C) was recorded, this is the hottest ever recorded in the western hemisphere and globally is second only to Azizia, Libya which recorded 136° F (58° C) in 1922.
Temperatures and Precipitation
|65° F||72° F||80° F||90° F9||9° F||109° F||115° F||113° F||106° F||92° F||76° F||65° F||90° F|
|18° C||22° C||27° C||32° C||37° C||43° C||46° C||45° C||41° C||33° C||24° C||18° C||32° C|
|39° F||46° F||53° F||62° F||71° F||80° F||88° F||85° F||75° F||62° F||48° F||39° F||62° F|
|4° C||8° C||12° C||17° C||22° C||27° C||31° C||29° C||24° C||17° C||9° C||4° C||17° C|
|record high||89° F||97° F||102° F||112° F||122° F||128° F||134° F||127° F||123° F||113° F||97° F||88° F||134° F|
|32° C||36° C||39° C||45° C||50° C||53° C||57° C||53° C||50° C||45° C||36° C||31° C||57° C|
|record low||15° F||25° F||30° F||35° F||42° F||49° F||62° F||64° F||41° F||32° F||24° F||19° F||15° F|
|-9° C||-4° C||-1° C||2° C||6° C||10° C||17° C||18° C||5° C||0° C||-4°C||-7° C||-9° C|
|0.7 cm||0.9 cm||0.6 cm||0.3 cm||0.2 cm||0.1 cm||0.3 cm||0.3 cm||0.4 cm||0.3 cm||0.5 cm||0.5 cm||4.9 cm|