NWS Bakes Biscuits in a Parked Car in Nebraska
Summer means extreme temperatures, for many states in the U.S. While hot cars can be uncomfortable to drive in during this season, some are finding alternative uses for them. For instance, the National Weather Service in Omaha recently took advantage of a stuffy vehicle-interior to bake biscuits.
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When life gives you hot weather…make biscuits
This past Thursday, NWS Omaha placed a baking sheet on the dashboard of a hot car, then put four blobs of biscuit dough on it. One hour later, the pan registered 175.2 degreees and the surface of the biscuits registered 153 degrees. Four hours later, when the sun’s angle shifted, the team turned the vehicle around so the dashboard would get maximum exposure to sunlight.
After a total of eight hours spent cooking in the car, the biscuits were deemed edible, despite their slightly tacky interiors. The maximum temperature of the pan reached 185 degrees.
Auto-themed safety reminders for hot weather
This “biscuits in a hot car” story is a great reminder to review some auto-themed safety tips for summer.
Don’t keep heat-sensitive items in a car
For starters, avoid storing aerosol containers inside your vehicle during extremely hot temperatures. Make sure to take bugspray, air freshener, shaving cream, and hairspray indoors when you reach your destination. This will help you avoid the dangerous scenario of a shattered windshield, if one of these heated containers explodes inside the car.
Don’t leave children or pets in a hot car
Avoid leaving pets and young children in the car during hot weather. These two groups are extremely susceptible to extreme heat. The former, because they lack the ability to regulate their body temperatures via sweating. The latter, because their bodies sweat less and are generally unable to adjust to external temperature changes like adults can.
According to Consumer Reports, if a vehicle is parked in 61-degree weather, the interior can reach more than 105 degrees in as little as 60 minutes. Even if the car is left in the sun for just 10 minutes, the cabin can get 19 degrees hotter, as Healthychildren.org confirms.
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