The National Weather Service in Nebraska has demonstrated the effects of the heat wave in the United State with an experiment of baking biscuits under the sun heat without using any cooking processor. In a series of tweets, the National Weather Service in Omaha posted pictures and updates on the biscuit experiment.
The experiment conducted as an excessive heat warning had been issued for much of eastern Nebraska on Saturday. The high in Omaha on Thursday was 92 degrees with a heat index of 103.
"If you are wondering if it's going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot," NWS Omaha said in a tweet on Thursday. They shared a picture of a baking tray with four biscuits on it, sitting on the dashboard of a car.
Within 45 minutes, the biscuits began to rise.
After a few hours, they shared another update and informed Twitter that the temperature of the back seat, even in shade, had reached 144 degrees Fahrenheit or 62 degrees Celsius!
The biscuits, meanwhile, continued to bake - even getting a golden tinge.
After hours of baking, the National Weather Service hailed the experiment a success and shared pictures of the biscuits being eaten.
"And after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. The middle is still pretty doughy though," they wrote. "The max temp on the pan was 185!"
The experiment doubled up as a warning to people about not leaving pets and children locked in cars, where temperatures can get dangerously high.
"A car can heat to dangerously hot temperatures VERY quickly in the summer heat," the National Weather Service tweeted. "NEVER leave a child in a car alone for ANY amount of time." In 2017, a chef in Dubai was able to cook an egg in a frying pan that had been sitting outside in the heat for roughly 10 minutes.