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WaPost Wipes Out 1913 Record Temperature

June 30, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward


The history revisers are at it again!

From The Washington Post:



A city in southwest Iran posted the country’s hottest temperature ever recorded Thursday afternoon, and may have tied the world record for the most extreme high temperature.

Etienne Kapikian, a forecaster at French meteorological agency MeteoFrance, posted to Twitter that the city of Ahvaz soared to “53.7°C” (128.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Kapikian said the temperature is a “new absolute national record of reliable Iranian heat” and that it was the hottest temperature ever recorded in June over mainland Asia. Iran’s previous hottest temperature was 127.4.

If that 129.2 degrees reading is accurate, it would arguably tie the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth in modern times.

Christopher Burt, a weather historian for Weather Underground, has exhaustively analyzed world temperature extremes and determined the 129.2 degree readings posted in Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21, 2016, and Death Valley, Calif., on June 30, 2013, are the hottest credible temperature measurements that exist in modern records.


It has long been accepted that the highest temperature recorded on Earth was 134F, set at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley in California, way back in 1913. But Weather Underground’s Chris Burt has now taken it upon himself to write that out of the records, as being “essentially not possible”.

Perhaps somebody might tell the real experts at NOAA’s State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC). They collate all record temperature data for each state.

According to the SCEC website:

The SCEC will compile a list of the extant records listed in Table 1 for each state of the United States. These records will be reviewed to determine their validity and, if found to be acceptable, will be recommended to the NCEI Director for inclusion in the statewide records data set. As of April, 2010 NCEI has reviewed and updated the statewide extremes tables for all-time maximum and minimum temperature, 24-hr precipitation and snowfall, and all-time greatest snow depth.


After reviewing its validity, the SCEC is perfectly happy that the Greenland Ranch still stands.



Regardless of the Death Valley figure, just how meaningful is this new, supposed record in Iran?

How long, for instance, have temperatures been measured there? We have seen in the UK how “record temperatures” have been gleefully declared by the Met Office at stations, such as Gravesend and Faversham, which turn out to only have records since the 1990s.

Nobody knows whether higher temperatures have actually occurred there, even in the recent past.

We also learn from the WaPost that Ahvaz, where the temperature was set, is a city of 1.1 million, so the UHI effect will be massive.

But none of this will stop the usual fraudsters claiming that this is evidence of global warming.

  1. markl permalink
    June 30, 2017 6:26 pm

    More propaganda and people are wary of believing anything from the MSM regarding politics, climate, and weather. You can only lie for so long in today’s digitally connected world before your credibility is destroyed.

  2. mwhite permalink
    June 30, 2017 6:50 pm

    They forgot to mention the big chill in eastern Europe

    • mwhite permalink
      June 30, 2017 6:52 pm

      lying by omission

    • Green Sand permalink
      June 30, 2017 6:56 pm

      How will they cope when we get a repeat of 1976?

  3. June 30, 2017 7:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    June 30, 2017 8:12 pm

    Looking back at the Smithsonian’s World Weather Records, [1931-1940], the monthly means for the city of Jask, Iran are not statistically different from the 1968-2010 Normals.

  5. tom0mason permalink
    June 30, 2017 10:24 pm

    Keeping everyone sensitized about heat, eh?

    Well as a quick and dirty trick with Google.
    Google “Record high temperature” … …You get about 7,910,000 results (0.61 seconds).

    Google “Record low temperature” … …You get about 148,000,000 results (1.15 seconds)

    Even Google cannot “hide the decline”
    And also note —
    At least 30 states had their lowest recorded temperatures on or after 1937. This means there have been more record lows since 1937 then there have been record highs.

    Also, more than half of all U.S. states had their highest recorded temperatures prior to 1937.

    So where’s the global warming?

    Info from

  6. John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia permalink
    July 1, 2017 2:50 am

    Try this link on a extremely hot period in Australia’s colonial past (thanks to Richard for link, over at Tony Heller website on the same subject (see comments).)

  7. Eddie permalink
    July 1, 2017 3:21 am

    In June/July 1978 we were reporting temperatures of 54c from a temporary tide gauge station established at Gougsar in southern Iran ( 25°32’22.78″N 58°50’20.48″E ). This was part of an official RN hydrographic survey for the then Iranian government.These of course were not from a Stevenson screen but the best we could get to assist in helo operations.

  8. Ian permalink
    July 1, 2017 6:50 am

    I was visiting Ahvaz in, I think, 1974 or 75 and even the local English language papers were noting the high temperatures, around 50degC. Pretty unpleasant but I remember seeing a football match being played and wondering how they did it.

  9. StewGreen permalink
    July 1, 2017 5:21 pm

    We’ve done this before here
    When I lived in the Atacama one day it hit 56C
    And when we checked Death Valley had a record slightly higher.

  10. July 1, 2017 9:29 pm

    I went to the Weather Underground and pulled the weather observations for station OIAW at Ahwaz, Iran, which apparently is at the airport but is shown on the WU map closer to the center of the city (probably an incorrect lat/long in their station location database) well away from the airport. Here are the observations both raw METAR and synoptic (AAXX), as well as decoded by WU:

    Time (UTC+0430) Temp. Heat Index Dew Point Humidity Pressure Visibility Wind Dir Wind Speed Gust Speed Precip Events Conditions

    METAR OIAW 291100Z 24008KT CAVOK 51/20 Q0994
    4:00 PM 123.8 °F 126.6 °F 62.6 °F 14% 29.36 in – SW 6.9 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291130Z 22006KT CAVOK 51/17 Q0994
    4:30 PM 127 °F – 63 °F 8% 29.35 in 6 mi SSW 4.5 mph – –
    AAXX 29121 40811 12960 02102 10527 20173 39915 49939 57017 60001 555 10285 29014
    4:30 PM 127.4 °F 130.2 °F 62.6 °F 13% 29.33 in – SSW 4.6 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291200Z 21004KT CAVOK 53/17 Q0993
    4:51 PM 129.2 °F 142.1 °F 71.6 °F 17% 29.33 in – SW 2.3 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291221Z 23002KT CAVOK 54/22 Q0993
    5:00 PM 129.2 °F 142.1 °F 71.6 °F 17% 29.33 in – SW 2.3 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291230Z 23002KT CAVOK 54/22 Q0993
    5:23 PM 125.6 °F 133.2 °F 66.2 °F 16% 29.33 in – West 4.6 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291253Z 27004KT CAVOK 52/19 Q0993
    5:30 PM 125.6 °F 133.2 °F 66.2 °F 16% 29.33 in – West 4.6 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291300Z 27004KT CAVOK 52/19 Q0993
    5:51 PM 123.8 °F 126.6 °F 62.6 °F 14% 29.30 in – WNW 6.9 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291321Z 30006KT CAVOK 51/17 Q0992
    6:00 PM 123.8 °F 126.6 °F 62.6 °F 14% 29.30 in – WNW 6.9 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291330Z 30006KT CAVOK 51/17 Q0992
    6:30 PM 123.8 °F 126.6 °F 62.6 °F 14% 29.30 in – WNW 6.9 mph – N/A Clear
    METAR OIAW 291400Z 29006KT CAVOK 51/17 Q0992
    7:00 PM 120.2 °F 122.6 °F 60.8 °F 15% 29.30 in 3.7 mi WNW 9.2 mph – N/A Unknown
    METAR OIAW 291430Z 29008KT 6000 NSC 49/16 Q0992
    7:30 PM 118 °F – 58 °F 9% 29.33 in 2 mi WNW 13.4 mph – – Widespread Dust
    AAXX 29151 40811 41940 03006 10478 20146 39906 49930 56009 70600 333 10537 555 10261 29015 66666 00486 10458 20406 30380 50368 90338

    I notice that the reported wind speed was only 2 knots at the time of the maximum temperature, which is very light. If the temperature sensor is wind aspirated or if the aspirator motor was broken at the time, there would be little aspiration taking place and thus with the clear skies reported, bright sunshine on the sensor housing could easily bias the reading high by 5 or 10 degrees F and possibly more. The sensor siting could also cause a high bias, but I have no idea how or exactly where it is sited. This kind of information is very important for assessing the accuracy of record temperatures.

    I recently saw a reading of -112.2F (-80.1C) at 0600 UTC recorded at the Concordia weather station in Antarctica on solstice day, June 21. It was ignored by the media. Both high and low temperature extremes are difficult to measure accurately.

  11. Gamecock permalink
    July 2, 2017 1:29 pm

    The Washington Post has become Jeff Bezos’ personal blog.

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