Death Valley Heat
Posted by LeRoy Johnson on October 05, 2002 at 21:14:59:
In rereading Vernon Bailey’s article “Into Death Valley 50 Years Ago” (Westways. Dec 1940. pp 8-11) I noted the following concerning his trip into the Valley in 1891: “Out in the sun my thermometer, which was limited to 135 degrees, soon went to the top and blew off the bulb at the bottom. But during the summer our weather observer obtained temperatures of 136 degrees, in the shade and protection of the regular Weather Bureau box.”
Vernon was a noted scientist for the US Biological Survey. His observations were not “official" so they did not go into the weather data records.