Dashboard dining

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 Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Omaha successfully cooked breakfast and dessert on the dashboard of a car.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Omaha successfully cooked a bacon-and-eggs breakfast and dessert on the dashboard of a car. (Photo: Twitter/@NWSOmaha)
 
With temperatures soaring to dangerous levels in some parts of the United States, the National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska took the opportunity to conduct an experiment to show just how hot the interior of a car can get during high temperatures.

Meteorologists cooked a breakfast of bacon and eggs — plus dessert — on the dashboard of a car. The experiment began at 9:30 a.m. CDT. At about noon, meteorologist Barbara Mayes Boustead and her colleagues place two slices of raw bacon and an uncooked egg in a pan and left it on the dashboard of a car.

The air temperature inside the car reached 177 degrees and the surface temperature of the dashboard soared to 211 degrees.

“The eggs were overcooked ... and the bacon had a jerky texture,” Mayes Boustead told weather.com. “Nobody was brave enough to eat them.”

The crew also “dashboard baked” cookies, which did get eaten. The outside air temperature had reached 93 degrees by 3:45 p.m.

The experiment also served as a vivid reminder to consumers to stay well-hydrated and to never leave children and pets in a hot car.
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