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Heat, humidity, and home-baked goods

Most of us use our cars for getting from place to place, not baking cookies, but for today’s Stormtrack Insider, I wanted to add a little something sweet. 

It’s no secret that temperatures are warming up outside. Highs today are in the mid 80s with highs through the weekend tapping into the 90s. Feels-like temperatures will be even warmer with heat index values near 100 degrees as early as Friday. When temperatures are that warm, it can cause other surfaces to be even warmer. Pavement and AstroTurf skyrocket in temperatures as they absorb more heat than the surrounding areas. 

Cars are a huge problem when we get into the first few weeks of summer-like heat. People are accustomed to leaving their pets or even children in the car during mild weather while they run errands. The problem is, that car can heat up exponentially faster even with the windows open. For instance, if a car is left with the windows open on a 90 degree day, the interior can still warm into the 100s in as little as 10 minutes. 

I left cookies in the parked Stormtracker for a few hours today to see how well they would cook. Within two hours, the cookies were perfectly cooked and ready to eat. Don't believe me? Check out the video!

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Maddie Est

Maddie Est appears on ABC 17’s weekend evening broadcasts. She grew up in St. Louis, and her passion for weather originated from a young age thanks to all the different weather that St. Louis receives. She is currently studying Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri.


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