Little Bits of History

It’s Hot, Hot, Hot

Posted in History by patriciahysell on September 13, 2010

Hot, really hot

September 13, 1922: The highest temperature in the shade is recorded in El Azizia, Libya. The temperature hit 136.4º F or 58º C The African village lies just 25 miles south of Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is just a few miles south of the Mediterranean Sea.

The highest temperature in North America was in the US and recorded at Death Valley, California on July 10, 1913 where it reached 134º F. The Asian continent tops out with a temp of 129º F at Tirat Tsvi, Israel on June 21, 1942. Australia reached 128º F on January 16, 1889. Seville, Spain is Europe’s hot spot reaching 122º F on August 4, 1881. Argentina has the record for South America where it reached 120º F at Rivadiavia on December 11, 1905. Even in Antarctica it reached a blistering 59º F at Vanda Station, Scott Coast on January 5, 1974.

All these high temperatures are from long ago and not associated with today’s issue of global warming. The global warming problem is not based on place temperatures, but averages taken globally. Records have been kept only since 1880 and temperatures from earlier times are deduced by scientific methods. January, April, September, and October of 2005 were the hottest on record while three more months were the second hottest. The average global temperature was 58.6º F in 2005. The second warmest year was 1998 at 58.5º F.

There are several reasons for increased temperature. The amount of carbon dioxide is frequently cited. There is also the deforestation of the planet. In just a fifteen year period, 1990-2005, the world lost more than 3% of her total forestation. About 1.4 billion hectares of forest remain today with an annual loss of about 6 million hectares.

“Every day we have some weather, and yesterday was no exception.” – John Carr

“[The] Earth is a single huge organism intentionally creating an optimum environment for itself.” – Richard A. Kerr

“I believe more and more that God must not be judged on this earth. It is one of His sketches that has turned out badly.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Man masters nature not by force but by understanding.” – Jacob Bronowsky

Also on this day, in 1985 Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan.

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