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In Death Valley, 'Entire Trees and Boulders Were Washing Down'

Flash floods spurred by record rainfall strand 1K in Calif. national park

(Newser) - Record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads, and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but roughly 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris, and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers...

Man Dies After Running Out of Gas in Death Valley

He's not the first to die this year in extreme heat

(Newser) - Visitors to Death Valley National Park found the body of a man there Tuesday, and authorities say he died after running out of gas in the California park. David Kelleher, 67, was found dead about 2.5 miles from his vehicle, which had a note in it reading "out...

Body of Hiker Found in Scorching Death Valley

68-year-old set out in temperatures of nearly 120 degrees

(Newser) - The dangerous heat of Death Valley National Park appears to have claimed another life. A police helicopter located the body of a 68-year-old hiker from Washington state who set off in temperatures of nearly 120 degrees, reports the Fresno Bee . The family of Douglas Branham says he planned to make...

Hottest Place on Earth Could Be Getting Hotter

Death Valley recorded a temperature of 130 degrees for just the fifth time ever

(Newser) - Death Valley on Friday saw some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded on Earth, and this may not be the end of it. Dubbed the hottest place on the planet for its official record temp of 134 degrees Fahrenheit, set in 1913, the spot in eastern California had only seen...

'There's Gold Up There'; a Death Valley Controversy

Environmentalist, tribes vow to fight plans for open-pit mine near national park

(Newser) - "There’s gold up there and the world needs gold," Stephen Swatton, president of international mining company K2 Gold, says of an area of desert terrain next to California's Death Valley National Park. But opponents including the Sierra Club and native tribes say the plan to mine...

How Hot Was It Sunday in Death Valley? It May Be a Record Breaker

It hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, possibly the highest 'reliably' recorded temp ever

(Newser) - It's not called Furnace Creek for nothing. This section of Southern California's Death Valley is notoriously hot, and it may now hold the record for the Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded. Per National Weather Service stats , the thermometer in Furnace Creek hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit around 3:...

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Average temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees

(Newser) - Death Valley, well known for its often record high temperatures, has set a new one: Last month in Death Valley was the hottest month ever recorded on the planet Earth. The average temperature—over day and night—was 108.1 degrees, putting July 2018 about a half-degree ahead of July...

Death Valley Just Registered a Brutal Heat Milestone

The average temperature in July hit 107.4, hottest month in Western Hemisphere

(Newser) - It's probably been a hot summer where you are, but nothing like this: California's Death Valley registered an average temperature of 107.4 degrees for the month of July, per the National Weather Service . The previous record, set in 1917, was 107.2 degrees. It's not only...

What Could Be America's Most Brutal Race Is Underway

Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles, takes up to 48 hours to complete

(Newser) - Right now, as you sit in your air-conditioned living room or office goofing off online, there are 97 people pushing their bodies to the limit in what has been billed "the world's toughest foot race." The 135-mile slog known as the Badwater Ultramarathon kicked off yesterday in...

Death Valley's Moving Rock Puzzle Finally Cracked

It's not UFOs moving those boulders

(Newser) - For at least a century, the "slithering stones" of Death Valley—rocks, some of them boulders weighing more than 600 pounds, that move across the desert floor and leave long trails behind them—have presented a puzzle, and researchers have been trying to solve it since 1948. Explanations including...

Harry Potter Villain Found Dead in Desert

Actor David Legeno played werewolf Fenrir Greyback

(Newser) - He was a 6-3, 250-pound former mixed-martial arts fighter who went on to play a villainous werewolf in the Harry Potter movies, but even David Legeno was no match for Death Valley. The 50-year-old actor was found dead in the place known to be the hottest on Earth last weekend,...

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