Baking Cookies in a Car: A Heatwave Experiment by the National Weather Service in Texas
In the midst of a record-breaking heatwave in Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) personnel put the scorching temperatures to a unique use - they baked cookies in a hot car.
High Temperatures, High Creativity
The NWS's office in Midland posted about their unusual experiment on Facebook. The outside temperature was around 105 degrees Fahrenheit, but inside the car, it was a blistering 190 degrees. A batch of cookie dough was placed on the car dashboard, transforming the vehicle into an impromptu oven.
The cookies were left to bake for approximately four and a half hours. While they didn't achieve the typical "golden brown" color often associated with freshly baked cookies, the NWS confirmed they were fully cooked and delicious.
A Lesson in Safety
Beyond the novelty of the experiment, the NWS emphasized the serious implications of their project. The extreme heat inside the car demonstrates the potential dangers of leaving anyone inside a locked car during a heatwave. The NWS used the experiment to remind the public, "Look before you lock," highlighting the risks of hot cars in high temperatures.