Monday, August 4, 2008

Car Ovens In Late July

The NWS office in Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI; did a study to see how much the temperature rises in your car during the midday hours of the summer season. The results are very nerve racking and the danger doesn't need to be overlooked. Here's a couple of the findings in the study done by the NWS office in Milwaukee/Sullivan in WI.

  • 12:45 p.m.: Car Temp. was 83ºF; Atmosphere Temp. was 92ºF

  • 1:00 p.m.: Car Temp. was 120ºF: Atmosphere Temp. was 93ºF

  • 1:45 p.m.: Car Temp. was 127ºF: Atmosphere Temp. was 94ºF

  • 2:15 p.m.: Car Temp. was 130F: Atmosphere Temp. was 95ºF

  • 3:00 p.m.: Car Temp. was 133ºF: Atmosphere Temp. was 95ºF

As you can tell, the temperature outside may not jump up but a few degrees, but inside of a vehicle, the temperature will rise much more quickly. In only 15 minutes (not even long enough to pick up a few groceries) the temperature inside the car jumped from, air cooled, 83ºF too , not engine running, 120ºF. A 37º temperature change in that short amount of time can and will mean life or death.

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