John explains: Where is the hottest place on Earth?

John explains: Where is the hottest place on Earth?

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We've been watching the thermometer closely this summer, waiting to see if Lubbock will hit the century mark before Fall starts moving back into the region.

It hasn't happened yet, as of Tuesday, but I'm predicting that it may occur on either or both Thursday and Friday of this week.

That will be the hottest day of 2015 in Lubbock, but not the hottest on Earth.

It seems that the folks at NASA decided to determine the 'hottest' place on Earth. We've all heard of Death Valley in Arizona and the hot temperatures that have been recorded there in the past. In fact, in July 1913, Furnace Creek in Death Valley hit 134 degrees F. Just nine years later in September of 1922 a weather station in El Azizia, Libya recorded 136.4 degrees F, according to NASA.

According to legend it's the Flaming Mountain, as seen in the photo with the thermometer sticking out from the ground. It's located at the edge of the Taklimakan Desert and Tian Shan range in China. The surface temperature is said to reach from 122 to 175 degrees F during the summer.

However, there are about five 'hottest places' on earth, including the two listed previously along with Lut Desert, Iran and Turpan Depression, China.

So, NASA decided to try a new means of measuring for the hottest city, something called the LST, or Land Skin Temperature, recorded by satellite instead of surface-based thermometers. The satellites measure the heating of land since air temperatures are affected by air flow, surface cover and shadows. The instrument used on two satellites is known as the MODIS, or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.

So, where's the hottest place, 5 out of 7 years the Lut Desert in Iran has been the hottest place on earth with an overall temperature of 159.3 degree F as determined by NASA.

So, when we hit 100, just think how much cooler it is on the south plains than in the Lut Desert.

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