World's Largest Weather Instrument

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:05 PM GMT on August 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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950. mobal
3:36 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
I see you started a couple of Blogs. How hard is it to post Pics?
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949. Alec
11:31 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
If it travels west as i assume, it will probably hit or skirt the S american coast and not develop.
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948. mobal
3:28 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Yes West, with maybe a very slow N. movement. Looks like the plants will be watered in Central to South America.
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947. mobal
3:26 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Looks W to me
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946. Alec
11:20 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
which way is that wave moving mobal?(id know if i had a time loop) if i know the direction its traveling i can make a better assessment on it. If its traveling west then it'll probably run into S America and die out.
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945. mobal
3:19 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Try this, It is South.

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browsat3.html
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944. HurricaneKing
3:22 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
on his blog
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942. HurricaneKing
3:20 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Try this one

Link
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941. mobal
3:16 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Man, It looked different on my loop. Let me find a still.
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940. HurricaneKing
3:14 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
here Alec

Link
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939. HurricaneKing
3:13 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
It could but it just looks a little far down.
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938. Alec
11:12 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
mobal, i dont have java loop enabled on this computer. Give me a still site of that visible loop.
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937. Alec
11:07 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
hi king. lets go to my blog so we dont waste jeffs blog.....see ya there.......
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936. mobal
3:02 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Alec, What do you think about 10 / 50 on this link?

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/DATA/RT/watl-vis-loop.html
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934. Alec
11:04 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
anyone here? if i get no response, in 10min im leaving for bed.
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933. Alec
10:59 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
hi. im back.
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932. mobal
2:37 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
deb1, I do not put faith in Storms predicictions. The NHC has been very good lately. That being said...TWC does want viewers and will do what it takes to make the bean counters happy.
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931. mobal
2:33 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Maybe Irene will turn East and give the French the bath they need. Not, its out to sea.
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930. deb1
2:04 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Stormtop, you're SO illogical!
You to me:
"they were expecting a very busy hurricane season that wont materialize...they will have A FEW MORE but no where what they are predicting"

You to alec:
"...i predicted 16 storms and 4 major hurricanes and out of the hurricanes 7 will hit the usa."

You need to study history a bit more and get the logic right. 16 storms, with 4 majors and seven hurricanes to hit the U.S. IS a very busy season.

As to the logic, so far there have been two hurricanes, one of which hit the U.S. Irene, according to you, isn't going anywhere except out to sea. Therefore, for your prediction to come true, there will be 7 more storms, of which six will be hurricanes that hit the US. And you accuse the rest of us of fear mongering?




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929. STORMTOP
2:18 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
ok alec good job i think you need to explain things to jed he really needs a lesson....well im goin got bed alec i wont be on until at least friday unless something forms in the gulf of mexico or caribbean...im sure not keeping my eye on that wuss irene...thats the worse tropical storm i seen in the 30 years i have been forecasting storms..i think the nhc wanted to set a record and just decided to name it ........it never did look like a tropicla storm and to keep from looking stupid they already downgraded it...jed you need to wake up lol following steve lyons..you know he will tell you anything so you will watch the weather channel you fool..you need to realize this depression or tropical wave has no shot at hitting the us...im out of here ..to all my students ill be back friday...good night alec have a great weekend sorry for the misunderstanding before...
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928. jeff14photos
7:20 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
ok hey stormy top hows it going
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927. Alec
10:19 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
i gotta go for just 5-15 minutes but will be back...................
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926. goldenhine
10:16 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
will anything come out of 10n .49w?????
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925. Alec
10:15 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
I know stormtop. I was explaining the factors that HELP strong hurricane formation.
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924. STORMTOP
2:12 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
alec the dry air going into the center of a hurricane is a killer ans also you have to worry about the windshear...
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923. Alec
10:06 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
jeff, there are many factors that must come together for a major hurricane. Moist environment, light upper level winds, warm SST, persistent convection, upper level highs to ventelate the hurricane, etc. Warm SST are just one of the factors but is a very big factor. It's kindalike baking a cake. If you dont use all the ingredients it wont come out right. Climatalogically, around the peak of hurricane season most of these ingredients will be in place.
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922. jeff14photos
7:07 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
well i have to go by HK jed and alec
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921. STORMTOP
2:01 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
alec i have said that all along just look at my posts....i agree with you 100%....jed needs to take my class bad if he thinks lyons on the weather channnel believes the depression will hit the us...jed can i seel you the brooklyn bridge?lol
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920. jeff14photos
7:03 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
do you think alec that there might be another strong hurricane. if a storm devlopes in those waters.
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919. Alec
9:57 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
The tropics are going to heat up in the weeks ahead as we reach the peak of hurricane season past Aug 20-September. The Gulf and the NW Caribbean is really cranking up bath water(heat content is increasing). So if the conitions are right there could be trouble there if a storm were to get there. Charley and Ivan really took advantage of the hot waters last yr.
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918. Jedkins
1:56 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Yes stormtop does the same thing with me he inores what I say and puts words in my mouth that I dont say when I forecast something its so silly and he dont even relize it lol
917. Jedkins
1:56 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Now no more put downs for me don't want to get carried away.
916. Jedkins
1:54 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Stormtopyou are a joke I am convinced you are trying to make people mad by messing with them I think you are just a kid lol I had to let it out.
915. Alec
9:51 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
I was explaining the last couple of days how factors COULD allow irene to threaten the US. I have made it quite clear that a weakness in the subtropical ridge will curve irene out to sea.
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914. jeff14photos
6:53 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
oh well thats good you guys dont need any more hurricanes
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913. Jedkins
1:53 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
IT MIGHT typo.
912. Jedkins
1:51 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
The weather channel's DR. Steve Lyons just said that if Irene stays weak as a depression for a while it threaten the U.S. but thats not the mostlikely situation at the moment which sounds resonable because I was about to sugest that Idea my self.
911. HurricaneKing
1:52 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Are you calling everyone your students stormtop?
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910. STORMTOP
1:43 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
alec thats not what i meant at all believe me you are one of my best students..i think you are highly intelligent ...i just wanted to get my point across alec deb jumped all over me because she said i was jumping on people in here because they think irene is going to hit n carolina...i have been saying all along the storm was a fish storm and it was a dud...thats all i was trying to get across to deb alec and that i gave you the info on the dust off the african coast...im not trying to defame you in anyway...i think the guys are just pissed off because they weanted a active hurricane season which they wont get...i predicted 16 storms and 4 major hurricanes and out of the hurricanes 7 will hit the usa...thats all i was trying to poing out alec...you are a good student...
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909. jeff14photos
6:50 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
oh hk see you there
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908. Alec
9:47 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
Stormtop, you accuse deb1 because you enjoy making others feel bad. I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS AND I WONDER WHY YOU CANT EVEN FACE ME OR MY QUESTIONS. Sorry guys for turning this blog into "stormtop" but i cant stand when he sometimes lies to us and makes a big commotion on here.
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907. HurricaneKing
1:49 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Lets go to my blog so WunderYakuza wont come back.
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906. Jedkins
1:50 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Category 5 hurricane buford.
905. jeff14photos
6:45 PM PDT on August 08, 2005
oh ok alec
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904. Jedkins
1:49 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Hurricane redneck lol.
903. Jedkins
1:48 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
I guess you haven't seen it but the weather channel did talk about it quite a bit for several days but they dont anymore.
902. HurricaneKing
1:46 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Lets go to my blog so we can talk about anything and anyone
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901. Randyman
1:41 AM GMT on August 09, 2005
Exclusive Update:


Irene Heading Westward at a Slower Speed

Issued: 8:50 PM Monday, August 8, 2005


At 9pm CDT, the center of Tropical Depression Irene will be near 22.7N/52.4W, or about 1000 miles southeast of Bermuda. Movement is to the west to west-northwest at 12 mph, although the forward speed has fluctuated between about 8 and 18 mph today. Central pressure is estimated to be 1009 millibars, or 29.80 inches. Maximum winds are estimated to be 25-35 mph. The long-range track remains very uncertain. Should Irene intensify, then it will most likely turn to the north and head out to sea. However, if Irene remains a sheared tropical depression or a weak tropical storm, then it could move on a more westerly course for the next 5 days, possibly threatening the east U.S. Coast in a week or so.


Tropical Storm Harvey has become extratropical over the North Atlantic.


Meteorologist: George Harvey
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900. Alec
9:44 PM EDT on August 08, 2005
jeff i was talking to stormtop. sorry for the confusion.
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