World's Largest Weather Instrument

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:05 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2005

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If you've driving the stretch of I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and get off at the Baker exit near Death Valley, you have the opportunity to see the ultimate tacky weather object--the world's tallest thermometer. Rising a full 134 feet above the dusty streets of Baker (population: 700),
the working thermometer is the brainchild of Baker resident Willis Herron, who spent $700,000 erecting the huge instrument. In an article in the June 2005 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Willis says: "Awww, I know it's tacky. But I also know people won't be able to pass it more than four or five times without saying, 'What is that?'". And hopefully pull off the expressway to take a look--and buy a burger at the Mad Greek restaurant or a slice of strawberry pie at the original Bun Boy restaurant, now owned by Steve Carter, whom Herron sold the thermometer to in 2000.

The thermometer weighs 76,812 pounds, sports 4900 light bulbs, and is held together by 125 cubic yards of concrete--much of this added after 70-mph winds snapped the thermometer in half shortly after it was built in 1991. The 134 foot height is symbolic of the 134 degree maximum temperature recorded in Death Valley in 1913--the all-time record for North America.

Dr. Jeff Masters

The world's tallest thermomerter! (robsters)
Located in Baker, California, 109 degrees
The world's tallest thermomerter!

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1150. HurricaneKing
1:11 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Dont understand.
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1149. turtlehurricane
1:10 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
so wats the link?
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1148. turtlehurricane
1:07 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
same one from the weather channel?
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1147. HurricaneKing
1:03 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Yep they do.
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1146. HurricaneKing
1:02 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
I dont know let me check.
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1145. turtlehurricane
1:01 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
do they have a 2005 version?
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1144. HurricaneKing
1:00 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
I just got it.
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1143. mobal
12:43 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Jedkins, im showing offical water temps. of 89 at the island and around 86 60 miles out. Maybe friend needs calabration help. Either way with no activity the gulf is heating up. Im going to get some food, back later.
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1142. turtlehurricane
12:48 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
hurricane king, u got eye of the storm to? thats wat i use for miles from a city and to compare tracks.
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1141. Jedkins
12:50 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Looks as if I will have to postpone my trip to NC because whether it hits florida where I live or north carolina I dont not want to run into this thing on our trip or a possible hurricane hitting out house while we are in north carolina.
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1140. Jedkins
12:44 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Stormtop maybe you are starrting to lighten up a little well thats good I am glad lol.
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1139. Jedkins
12:43 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
We siriously should be concerned when the next storm enters the gulf because if wind shear is low when the next storm enters the gulf it will EXPLODE.
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1138. Jedkins
12:40 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
LOL its 92 - 93 at clearwater here it was up to 94 - 95 but lots of heavy tropical thuderstorms have cooled it down a little since saturday.
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1137. HurricaneKing
12:40 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
You need to get eye of the storm. It shows the life of every storm.
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1136. whirlwind
8:37 PM EDT on August 09, 2005
BTW..anyone have links showing the entire life of a storm. not just a couple of frames but when it formed from a wave to making landfall?? that would be awesome looking at one of those. gotta be somewhere...
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1135. whirlwind
8:35 PM EDT on August 09, 2005
Hawkeyewx -- i know storms can change quickly, but im just saying the way its looking and with the models saying weak storm in the future, it looks like it will stay weak.

looks like the storm is making a metamorphosis, maybe trying to make an eye. look at the last frames of infrared..maybe
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1132. mobal
12:15 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
Wow are the Gulf water temps getting hot. Friend just emailed me from Dauphin Island AL. Was fishing 8 miles out. Water was 91.
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1131. STORMTOP
12:06 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
just remember guys i cared enough to give you this information first hand a t 3pm this evening.......so just remember where it came from....you all didnt take me serious until randy came on and said the same things...so you remember where it came from...dont ever say fla is out the woods on this yet...this is just beginning to get interesting in path and strength...FLORIDA PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANT STREE THIS ENOUGH..I AM GETTING some new info and data around midnight...ill try to get back with you if conditions warrant early in the morning...so stay tuned storm top is on the ball...
1130. CosmicEvents
10:28 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
Turtle...thanks.
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1129. HurricaneKing
12:10 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
hahaha good forecasts
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1128. mobal
12:01 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
OK, everyone is making an early prediction...mine is between Lat 27 and 32. And Im staying at a Holiday Inn Express LOL.
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1127. spagetio
12:04 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
I personally like the Accuweather forecast...according to them, after Tuesday it could be anywhere from West Palm Beach, FL to somewhere on the northern Canadian coast. Nothing like making sure you're right!

http://hurricane.accuweather.com/hurricane/storms.asp?ocean=atlantic&storm=Irene&imagetype=move&partner=
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1126. HurricaneKing
12:02 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
could be.
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1125. Toyotaman
12:01 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
something tells me you don't like him.
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1123. Toyotaman
12:01 AM GMT on August 10, 2005
LOL HK.
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1122. HurricaneKing
11:59 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I say at stormtops house with winds of 200000mph.
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1121. dashwildwood
11:48 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I say cape hatteras cat 1, I just want the first day of classes pushed back :)
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1120. HurryCane
6:51 PM CDT on August 09, 2005

I'll go with the UKMET.


Up north or out to sea.


Bye Bye Irene.
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1119. Toyotaman
11:41 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
But then Atlantic Beach would be gone and I would be on the west side. I say Emerald Isle as a cat 2, don't want to loose my roof.
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1118. HurricaneKing
11:36 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I just got done eating steak and I say morehead city NC as a cat3 with winds of 115-125.
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1117. Toyotaman
11:16 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I say NC too, I need another day off from work.LOL
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1116. turtlehurricane
11:20 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
rick1, the regular nhc forecasts are being made by the hydrological center
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1114. rick1
11:09 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
do you have a link to that turtlehurricane
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1112. turtlehurricane
11:03 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
has anyone noticed the hydrometeorological prediction center was making the forecasts?
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1111. Hawkeyewx
5:53 PM CDT on August 09, 2005
Whirlwind, Irene could certainly still be a weak storm if it does indeed hit the US coast(I just don't know what the conditions will be like down the road), but how can you say there isn't enough time for it to become a major hurricane when it is moving slowly and will take at least a week to reach the coast? We have all seen hurricanes go from cat 1 to cat 4 in one day.
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1109. HurricaneKing
10:51 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I want to know where everyone thinks Irene is going.
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1108. Randyman
10:25 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I am only passing along what the guys at ImpactWeather are thinking regarding Irene- I just thought their change in philosophy regarding a stronger Irene moving more west than north was quite a change from what they had been saying for the past 4 days-...As far as my personal feelings, I am not quite sure...I'll get back with you guys at later time...
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1107. Alec
6:43 PM EDT on August 09, 2005
guys, my computer's having problems i gotta go but see ya all later bye!.......ALEC.....OUT!!!
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1105. Alec
6:36 PM EDT on August 09, 2005
i can recall when they forecasted Andrew to curve out to sea then a ridge unexpectantly built to its north forcing it into s florida. Thats how tough it is to get these things right sometimes. remember, the science of forecasting hurricanes has improved over the yrs but still has a long ways to go before becoming very accurate.
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1104. turtlehurricane
10:31 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
cosmic events, i answered ur question about my qualifications in the comments section of that blog
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1103. HurricaneKing
10:36 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
I still say NC or SC
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1102. Jedkins
10:30 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
Dont worry stormtop always does that just ignore it.
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1101. Jedkins
10:27 PM GMT on August 09, 2005
So I am watching it because it's not like it cant turn out to sea but I think its just as likely to hit east central florida as far as I am concerned it's kind of like filliping a coin.
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