10 Hottest Temperatures in U.S. History Terrell Johnson Updated: Sep 18, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT weather.com
10 Hottest Temperatures in U.S. History• The recent news that Death Valley National Park is once again the worlds hottest place -- its record of 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 was reinstated last week by the World Meteorological Organization as the hottest temperature ever recorded -- got us thinking.• What are the hottest places across the United States? While states like Arizona and New Mexico are easy guesses, even places as far north as tiny Fort Yukon, Alaska -- which reached 100 degrees on June 27, 1915 -- sometimes flirt with extreme Competitors appear to shimmer as they heat.• run the highways through Death Valley The answers can be surprising, starting with the first place on our National Park at the Badwater list: Collegeville, Indiana. Ultramarathon in this file photo from 2008. Runners had to battle temperatures above 120 degrees during the race.
#10: Indiana• 116 Degrees• The tiny Indiana town of Collegeville -- home to St. Josephs College -- saw sweltering weather in the summer of 1936, when the mercury reached 116 on July The sun heats up this view of the 14. Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer, Ind., just north of• Source: National Collegeville Climatic Data Center
#9: Illinois, Montana and Utah• 117 Degrees• Illinois: The summer of 1954 brought extreme heat to Illinois, where the city of East Saint Louis saw the temperature rise to 117 degrees on July 14.• Montana: 117 degrees has been reached in the Treasure State twice: July 20, 1893 in Glendive, Mont.; and July 5, 1937 in Medicine Lake, Mont. A view of the Gateway Arch from St.• Utah: Its hottest temperature Louis, Mo. on record was set more recently -- 117 in St. George, Utah on July 5, 1985.• Source: National Climatic Data Center
#8: Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Washington• 118 Degrees• The eighth-hottest temperature recorded in the U.S. has been reached in five states:• Idaho: July 28, 1934 in Orofino, Id.• Iowa: July 20, 1934 in Keokuk, Iowa.• Missouri: July 14, 1954 in two cities: Warsaw and Union, Mo.• Nebraska: July 15, 1934 in Geneva, Neb.; July 17, 1936 in Hartington, Neb.; and July 24, 1936 Pelicans gather on the Snake River near in Minden, Neb. Ice Harbor Dam, Wash.• Washington: July 24, 1928 in Wahluke, Wash.; and August 5, 1961 at Ice Harbor Dam, Wash.• Source: National Climatic Data Center
#7: Oregon• 119 Degrees• Temperatures have reached 119 degrees twice in Oregons recorded weather history -- on July 29, 1898 in the small town of Prineville, and then again nearly two weeks later, when 119 Looking over the hills just outside was recorded on Aug. 10 Pendleton, Ore., which lies about a 3 1/2- in Pendleton, about 200 hour drive east from Portland. miles away.• Source: National Climatic Data Center
#6: Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas• 120 Degrees• Temperatures have reached 120 degrees twice in Texas weather history -- once in Seymour, a small town about 140 miles northwest of Fort Worth, on August 12, 1936.• It took nearly six decades for the mercury to reach 120 again, this time on June 28, 1994 in Monahans, a small town out on the plains of West Texas near Odessa.• The 120 degree mark has also been reached in:• Arkansas: August 10, 1936 in Ozark, Ark.• Oklahoma: July 18, 1936 in Alva, Okla.; Aug. 10, 1936 in Poteau, Okla.; and twice at the Altus Irrigation Research Station in southwest Oklahoma -- on July 19, 1936 and The sun sets behind a cloud at Aug. 12, 1936.• South Dakota: July 5, 1936 in Gann Valley, Monahans Sandhills State Park, just S.D.; and July 15, 2006 in Fort Pierre, S.D. outside Monahans, Texas.• Source: National Climatic Data Center
#5: Kansas and North Dakota• 121 Degrees• Temperatures have topped 120 degrees twice in Kansas weather history, within a week of each other -- on July 18, 1936 in Fredonia, Kan., and July 24, 1936 in Alton, Kan.• July 1936 also brought extreme heat as far north as North Dakota, where the mercury Steele, N.D.s claim to fame is the reached 121 degrees on July 6 worlds largest sandhill crane in Steele, N.D. statue.• Source: National Climatic Data Center
#4: New Mexico • 122 Degrees • A scorching 122 degrees was recorded June 27, 1994 in New Mexicos southeastern corner at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, near Carlsbad, N.M. (Incidentally, the WIPP is also the United States permanent depository for nuclear waste.) • Source: National Climatic Data CenterApproaching the mouth of the cavern in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern NewMexico.
#3: Nevada• 125 Degrees• Tucked into the southern tip of Nevada, about a two-hour drive south from Las Vegas, Laughlin endures some of the nations hottest temperatures in the summer, when temperatures regularly climb well into the triple digits.• Nevadas all-time high record temperature was recorded here on June 29, 1994.• Source: National Climatic Data Center A view of Casino Drive in Laughlin, Nev.
#2: Arizona• 128 Degrees• Scorching temperatures are no stranger to this desert city along the California-Arizona border, where tourists swarm in the summer for swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing and more on Lake Havasu, a large lake on the Colorado River.• Temperatures in June, July and August here average well over 100 degrees, so perhaps its no surprise that Lake Havasu City notched This reconstruction of the original Arizonas hottest temperature on record with 128 degrees on June London Bridge that spanned the River 29, 1994. Thames in London, U.K., until 1967• Source: National Climatic Data used some of the original stones from Center the London Bridge when it was rebuilt here in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in the early 1970s. It is now one of the most visited tourist attractions in Arizona.
#1: Death Valley, California• 134 Degrees• The worlds hottest temperature record once again belongs to Death Valley National Park, after the World Meteorological Organization invalidated the record that was thought to be held for decades by El Azizia, Libya, which reportedly reached 136 degrees on Sept. 13, 1922.• The WMO restored Death Valleys record 134 degrees from July 10, 1913 after determining that faulty weather equipment and unreliable data put Libyas temperature record in question. Badwater Basin, in Californias Death• Though Death Valley rarely approaches Valley National Park, lies at 282 feet its past record, temperatures still often below sea level, the lowest point in North rise to 120 degrees and higher, and occasionally even rise above 100 at America. night.• Source: National Climatic Data Center