WMO Takes World Record Away From Libya

By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
September 17, 2012, 5:34:10 AM EDT

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has disclaimed the world record high temperature in Libya.

El Azizia, Libya, supposedly recorded a high temperature of 136.4 degrees F (58 degrees C) on Sept. 13, 1922, and this temperature has often been cited as the highest temperature ever recorded in the world.


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An investigation completed by the WMO Commission of Climatology (CCI) from 2010-2011 uncovered five big concerns with the temperature record. The problems with the temperature included "potentially problematic instrumentation, a probable new and inexperienced observer at time of observation, an unrepresentative microclimate of the observation site."

It is now believed that the July 10, 1913, high temperature of 134 degrees F (56.7 degrees C) observed at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, Calif., is the world record high temperature.

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