OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Today's First Alert Day forecast calls for extreme heat and humidity, with temperatures rising to 100 degrees — but feeling more like 110.
To help illustrate what that heat can do — and to help us all make it through this HOT Friday afternoon — we put up an outdoor livestream to see how long it will take for the sweltering heat to melt a pack of crayons. Any guesses?
5:42 P.M. – We're calling it. Our experiment definitely didn't turn out like we thought, but... Isn't that GOOD? Yes, it's still been a very hot day, but we think you'll agree that we're glad it didn't get any hotter. Stay safe and cool out there; only one more First Alert Day to go!
5:15 P.M. – We pull the first board to see if we could speed up the melting on a hotter surface elsewhere in the parking lot.
5:05 P.M. – Crayon temp update: The ones on the left (first) board are coming in at 123 degrees. The darker colors on the right (second) board are about 127 degrees on the left side and about 124 on the right. But both boards have some pretty gooey crayons on there!
4:28 P.M. – WE HAVE MELTING!! Funny enough, it's on the board we put out much later, but have kept close to the pavement.
4 P.M. – Crayon temp update: 127 degrees!
3:30 P.M. – BOARD DOWN AGAIN!! OK, this time, we lost some crayons. But after some finessing by our assistant news director, we ditched our easel set-up and have both canvasses directly on the pavement. Hoping we have some significant melting to show you in our broadcasts tonight!
3:15 P.M. – BOARD DOWN! Thankfully, one of our producers is on it!
2:45 P.M. – We added a second set of crayons a bit closer to the ground because last we checked, the pavement was about 135 degrees. We considered laying it flat on the pavement, but noticed even at that lower level, the temp is noticeably hotter.
#CrayonMelt2K19 Update: We have moved the board to a different spot in the parking lot... AND we added a second board resting on the ground. Pavement temps around 136 degrees. @WOWT6News pic.twitter.com/LYJp9A7fKd— Ben Burke (@Ben_J_Burke) July 19, 2019
2:37 P.M – Official "field" report: "The tops are all melted." Temp reading on the crayons: about 120 degrees.
The bigger debate: Do you say...— Lileana Pearson (@lileana_pearson) July 19, 2019
(P.S. – We did take a poll on this one in our Facebook Live feed, which is posted below.)
2 P.M. – We're finally back up and running after switching out batteries and letting the camera cool down a bit. (Crayon temp check: about 120 degrees)
1:55 P.M. – Hearing that our camera might be overheating...
1:45 P.M. – BATTERY'S OUT! Had to power down.
1:40 P.M. – Oh no! SHADE!! Our tower's shadow started to creep over the crayons, knocking their temp down about 4 degrees. So we had to move the experiment.
1:05 P.M. – Some of the crayons were well above the 120-degree mark — and some of the colors are glistening.
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