What has been the coldest recorded daytime temperature for Death Valley, Calif. during the summer?
—James Blake Robbins
Though noted for its scorching summer heat, with temperatures frequently in excess of 120 degrees, Death Valley occasionally experiences cooler days. Retired Chicago weatherman Paul Kubecka, an expert in Death Valley weather, provided the following information. Dating to 1911 the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded there during the June-August meteorological summer was 74 on June 6, 1925, and is the lowest of just four sub-80 summer highs in the station’s history. The coolest July reading is 88 degrees on July 9, 1926, and August’s lowest is 80 degrees on Aug. 19, 1983. Death Valley’s all-time high temperature of 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, is now recognized as a world record.