Death Valley had the hottest month ever measured on Earth

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Weather historian Christopher Burt had been closely tracking the blazing temperatures in Death Valley, California, this summer. The days were hot, but what was especially notable to him was that the desert nights failed to cool off much. As the official data closed at midnight on July 31, he did the math. “Oh my God, the average was 107.4,” said Burt. “I knew...

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