Ask Josh: Hottest Temperatures and Miles to Space

We've seen a warm up in the past few days and that must have got some of you thinking, what’s the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth?

Timmy in Argillite, Kentucky wrote Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick asking what was the hottest temperature ever recorded in the U.S.

Some people may think the hottest U.S. temperature would be in Arizona or New Mexico, but it's not too far away from those states. The hottest U.S. temperature ever recorded occurred in Death Valley, California on the afternoon of July 10th, 1913.

On this date the mercury soared to a scorching 134 degrees. To put that in perspective, with the air temperature that hot, many paved surfaces would be so hot that the soles of your shoes would melt.

John in Huntington wrote Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick asking what is the highest point in miles in earth's atmosphere you can go before you reach space?

You would have to go up to about 310 miles above the surface in order to leave the outer most layer of earth’s atmosphere, known as the exosphere to reach space. Many of our weather satellites, by the way, are located about 22,000 miles about the earth.

If you have a weather related question for Josh, simply shoot him an email to josh.fitzpatrick@wsaz.com and if you're lucky, Josh will read and answer your question on First at Five.


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