Death Valley sets new March temperature record

103 F in Death Valley at Furnace Creek on 31 March 2011 broke the record for the month of March.  However, this did not establish a new state record for March which still belongs to Ogilby CA with 105 F recorded 111 years ago in 1900.  Ogilby lies about 10 miles NW of Yuma AZ and appears to be a near ghost town at the intersection of Side Winder Rd and American Girl Mine Rd.  Here is the record report from NWS Las Vegas:

941 AM PDT FRI APR 1 2011
…ALL-TIME MARCH RECORD HIGH SET AT DEATH VALLEY CA THURSDAY…
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THURSDAY AT THE OFFICIAL WEATHER STATION IN
DEATH VALLEY AT FURNACE CREEK WAS 103 DEGREES. THIS SETS AN ALL-TIME
RECORD HIGH FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 102
DEGREES WHICH WAS RECORDED ON MARCH 28 1986…MARCH 21 2004…MARCH
16 2007 AND MOST RECENTLY ON MARCH 17 2007.
100 DEGREES OR BETTER FOR A HIGH HAS ONLY BEEN RECORDED 10 TIMES
PRIOR TO THURSDAY IN THE MONTH OF MARCH IN DEATH VALLEY AT FURNACE
CREEK…THE MOST RECENT BEING MARCH 17TH 2007.
AS A F.Y.I…THIS DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A STATE RECORD FOR
CALIFORNIA FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN
CALIFORNIA DURING MARCH IS 105 AT OGILBY IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST PART
OF THE STATE SET BACK IN 1900.
RECORDS FOR FURNACE CREEK DATE STARTED ON JUNE 8TH 1911.

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