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Death Valley '49ers Encampment 2010

October 12, 2010, 1:44 pm
Join the Death Valley '49ers this November for the 61st Annual Encampment! During the park's most attended special event, thousands of participants come to celebrate the spirit of the 1849 gold rush wagon train that crossed Death Valley. This five-day event, taking place November 10-14, 2010, includes old-time and western-style ...

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What is the common relative humidity in the death valley?
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Death Valley is generally a dry region with some of the highest temperatures on earth.  Its is below sea level, and the Rocky Mountians block most of the rain fall that could get to it. With the hottest temperatures in the US and the lowest rainfall totals it has to be the least humid place in the US. The nearest lake to death valley is dry as a bone (the dry salt lakes) so with almost no water an the highest temperatures it has to have the lowest humidity.

Check out this map for rainfall totals in the US: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/current/
Death Valley, all of Nevada, and most of California are in the brown and get the least rainfall in August.
This map shows the rainfall totals for the year:http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/index.php?…

There is an annual flood in Death Valley, but that s a once a year event, if it even comes.

According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_valle…
"Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, and is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level."

"The valley radiates extreme amounts of heat, creating temperatures that are among the hottest on earth. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. The highest average high temperature in July is 117 °F (47 °C) with temperatures of 122 °F (50 °C) or higher being very common. The valley receives less than 2 in (50 mm) of rain annually. The Amargosa River and Furnace Creek flow through the valley, disappearing into the sands of the valley floor.

While Death Valley gets very little rain, it is prone to flooding during heavy rains because the soil is unable to absorb the bulk of the water. The runoff can produce dangerous flash floods. In August 2004, such flooding caused two deaths and shut down the national park."


10 years ago
How and wherefrom does Stovepie Wells in D.V. gets electricity fresh water? Where does sewage go? How much fresh water does it need per day?
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For full and fair disclosure, I work for Xanterra, the company that operates Stovepipe Wells.

I don't have specific answers to your questions, but I can point you to the company's environmental impact and responsibility website area:


You should find some answers there, as well as contact info for further investigation.

10 years ago
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