Death Valley August 16

Death Valley recorded a temperature of 129.9° F on August 16, 2020 which is highly likely the hottest temperature on Earth since humans have been measuring temperatures. Interestingly, this temperature is at about the threshold where the human body begins to break down. It isn’t possible to establish sharp boundaries for heat survival because other factors come into play, including relative humidity and availability of water, and especially duration. As humidity increases, for example, the body is no longer able to respirate in order to cool itself.  Beyond the direct effects on the human body, the extended consequences for these areas include drought and wildfires, making it impossible for humans in these places to grow crops or otherwise make a living.

While all these variables inhibit development of a heat-driven mortality solid rule set, the major takeaway is that the rate of temperature events is increasing and the duration of heat waves lengthens, humanity is perched on the cusp of a new level of emergency as a number of regions around the globe become uninhabitable for humans. These areas include the Middle East, Central America, Western Africa, India and the American Southwest. Some predictions set the percentage of uninhabitable places as high as 20% by century’s end.

The Death Valley record comes as heat records are being broken all over the Southwest, and all over the planet.

All Time Arctic Heat Record

The city of Verkhoyansk in eastern Siberia set an all time temperature record for the Arctic Circle region with 100.4F (38C). The measurement was but one example of an alarming trend in the across Siberia this summer. The heat wave is accompanied by widespread wild fires. The Arctic is the epicenter of the global climate meltdown as entire eco systems change rapidly before our eyes.

Baghdad: 125° F

Phoenix: 118° F : Phoenix has also broken it’s record for number of days over 110° F, with 35 reported already this year.

Western Europe: 107° F

Japan: 106° F

India: 116° F