Death Valley

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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.

Sand dunes in Death Valley

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.

Badwater Basin - Lowest point in United States
Death Valley as seen from the Space Shuttle

Temperatures and Precipitation[1]

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
daily high
(average)
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
daily low
(average)
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
precipitation 0.27" 0.35" 0.25" 0.12" 0.08" 0.04" 0.11" 0.10" 0.14" 0.11" 0.18" 0.19" 1.94"
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

References

  1. Death Valley National Park: Weather & Climate (National Parks Service)