Death Valley  is the lowest, hotest and driest place in North America. With an average rain fall total of less than two inches and temperatures over 100 degrees between April and October this is undisputable. The highest recorded ground temperature  was 201 degrees Fahrenheit with an air temperature of 128 degrees in July of 1972. Temperatures regularly exceed 120 degrees in the summer months. There are four mountain ranges that block the mositure from the ocean from reaching Death Valley. Despite being so dry and hot it is home to 51 species of mammals, 307 bird species, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians and five species of fish. When I start to complain about the heat this summer I will just have to remind myself, "At least I'm not in Death Valley!"