Temperature in Death Valley not hot enough for you? Try running the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, like these guys. (Photo: Washington Post/Getty Images)
Death Valley is hot. The desert is known to set records with its ridiculously high temperatures. But while last week's high of 128 degrees (the tenth highest temperature in U.S. history) set weather maps aflame, it's another record-temperature that's getting a lot of Internet love today.
With the sun down, in the dead of night, the lowest Death Valley temperature reached last Wednesday (July 11) was a cool 107 degrees. The record low was hotter than the rest of the nation's temperature highs for the day.
It may be hard to believe, but people are trekking to the Valley to trek through the Valley. Today is the conclusion of the Badwater Ultramarathon, the premier ultra-endurance fitness challenge consisting of two days of nonstop running for 135 miles to Mount Whitney.
Only halfway through July, Death Valley has plenty of time to keep setting temperature records this summer. The one to beat? Ninety-nine years ago, the Valley set the U.S. record for the hottest day in recorded history, with a sizzling 134 degrees.
Can the record high low be attributed to climate change, or is it just a fluctuation in weather patterns? Let us know in COMMENTS.
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