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Death Valley claims the world record for hottest temperature

SACRAMENTO, CA    Death Valley, California is known for its extreme heat. It holds the all-time record high for the United States and now it holds the world record.

The hottest temperature didn't occur today in the midst of this late summer heat. It actually occurred on July 10, 1913 when Death Valley hit a high temperature of 134 degrees.

The previous record was held by El Azizia, Libya when the thermometer hit 136 degrees at an Italian army base. Several pieces of documentation didn't add up to the extreme reading though and had long been debated.

After an in-depth investigation, meteorologists at the World Meteorological Organization felt there was enough persuading evidence to overturn the previous record.

Blue Moon appears Friday night

SACRAMENTO, CA - Friday night will bring the second full moon of the month. This is popularly referred to as a blue moon, but this definition has only recently come about.

It was perpetuated by a 1946 article in Sky & Telescope magazine. The traditional definition comes from the Maine Farmer's Almanac. It states that the blue moon is the third full moon in a season of four full moons. So why two definitions?

The more recent definition was a mistake. An amateur astronomer, James Hugh Pruett, mistakenly wrote an erroneous definition some 60 years ago in Sky & Telescope magazine. The author referred to the second full moon of the month as a "blue Moon." The idea caught on and spread, so much so that most people use this definition over the traditional one relating to the Christian calendar.

Triple digit days are great for solar cooking

SACRAMENTO, CA    Solar Cookers International (SCI) celebrated nearly 25 years of promoting solar cooking for the benefit of people at the Sierra 2 Center in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

News10 Chief Meteorologist, Monica Woods, served as emcee for their Shine On event which recognized nearly 100 volunteers and donors. Some people attending are life long solar cookers, others novices but they were all passionate about reducing deforestation and helping the environment with a sustainable resource for cooking.

This Week's Weather StreetCasts Event Presented by Your Northern California Honda Dealers

This Week's Weather StreetCasts Event Presented by Your Northern California Honda Dealers

The poll is closed for this week.  We thank these events and our viewers for participating!

This week's event picks were: 

Folsom Pro Rodeo

Loomis Basin Has Talent FINALE!

Vacaville: Fashion for Freedom Fashion Show

 

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VOTE for This Week's Weather StreetCasts Event Presented by Your Northern California Honda Dealers

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Voting begins Monday morning and ends Thursday at 5 p.m. 

The winner is announced in Thursday's 5 p.m.

Hottest day in two years scorches the valley

SACRAMENTO, CA  - The warmest temperature in Sacramento in 2011 was 102 degrees.  On Saturday afternoon the city hit 105 degrees making the day the hottest since August 2010.

According to News10 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, Sacramento was only a few degrees away from a record on Saturday. The record for June 16 in downtown Sacramento is 108 degrees set in 1985.

Altieri expects similar temperatures for Sunday before cooler weather arrives on Monday with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees in the valley.

The record temperature for Sunday (June 16) in Sacramento is 102 degrees set in 1976 so there is a chance the record could be tied or broken.

It has also been very warm in the mountains on Saturday with highs in the 80s for Blue Canyon and Truckee.