Kicker: Look before you lock


NICK EICHER, HOST: The National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, came up with a creative way to make a serious point about dangerously high temperatures.

A weatherman arranged buttermilk biscuit dough on a baking sheet on top of his car’s dashboard.

Forty-five minutes into this experiment, the dough began to rise. About an hour later, the pan reached 175 degrees and the biscuits on top were almost that hot. Even the backseat, in the shade, reached 150 degrees. 

Six hours in, he saw that the biscuits turned golden brown. 

The staff declared the experiment a partial success: the middle was a bit doughy, but the outside was edible. 

They said the temperature inside the car got up to 185 degrees, and here’s where the whole thing turns serious: It’s a reminder that on average 38 children in this country die in hot cars every year, so a critical reminder as the public-service campaign goes, to “LookBeforeYouLock.” 

REICHARD: That goes for pets, too, remember.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/National Weather Service Omaha)

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