Death Valley hits whopping 130 degrees, highest temperature since at least 1913

Rebekah Sager
August 17, 2020 - 9:13 am
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Death Valley is breaking heat records, as Sunday temperatures hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center.

Not since 1913, have any U.S. temps hit this peak, and it's likely the highest recorded on the planet.

The extreme heatwave has only helped to make the fire season in the state that much more challenging and triggering rolling blackouts across the state as well.

The Lake Fire has now burned more than 18,000 acres and has remained at 12% contained for several days.

More than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has destroyed 21 structures, according to CalFire.

California’s utilities on Saturday night were back up after a brief outage, according to the authority that operates the power grid.

The California Independent System Operator (California ISO) said in a statement that the brief rolling blackouts throughout the state were caused by the failure of a power plant and the loss of wind power.

The last time the state ordered rolling outages was during an energy crisis in 2001. Blackouts occurred several times from January to May, including one that affected more than 1.5 million customers. The cause was a combination of energy shortages and market manipulation by energy wholesalers, infamously including Enron Corp., that drove up prices by withholding supplies.

Los Angeles city and county opened cooling centers on August 14,  to give residents a place to escape the heatwave.

The city's Department of Recreation and Parks and the county's Emergency Operations Center said cooling centers will be activated at specified facilities to help residents as temperatures reach above 90 degrees.

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