Wednesday, July 10, 2013

As It Stands blog: Record Day in Death Valley: Rangers ask people to stop frying eggs unless they clean the mess!

Death Valley National Park, egg-frying, record temperature   Good Day World!

With current temperatures hovering above 120 degrees, rangers in Death Valley National Park have some advice for would-be visitors: Drink plenty of water, avoid excessive outdoor activity and, please, stop trying to fry eggs on the pavement.

It doesn’t work, it makes a mess and the staff has better things to do than clean up after you. In fact, the proliferation of broken shells, discarded cartons and accumulated goo has reached such a point that the park recently took to its Facebook page to implore people to stop — or at least use a pan or tin foil and dispose of the results when they’re done.

Today, the park’s holding an event to commemorate the hottest recorded temperature in the world, which was set when the thermometer at Furnace Creek hit 134 degrees on July 10, 1913.

The centennial celebration will include talks by meteorologists and park rangers who will discuss why Death Valley gets so hot, how the park last year wrested its title back from El Azizia, Libya, and other issues of interest to “extreme weather enthusiasts.”

Visitors will also be able to participate in a popular Death Valley tradition by accompanying rangers to the Furnace Creek weather station to read the temperature, a ritual that has occurred daily since 1911.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


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