Heat confirmation via flip flops cuz the thermometer and hygrometer sure didn’t do it!


Living in a city where we have to actually haul snow in from foreign lands to have the fulfillment of creating a snowman easily lends to the fact that summer comes quickly and intensely. Although we had one of the coldest winters on record, April finds us well into the 90s. Now, that’s official flip flop weather, if you ask me! Of course, those who visit from out of town would say that even our winter weather justifies the wearing of flip flops and shorts. These “out-of-towners” are easily identifiable, much like those who wield their umbrella at the strange wet droplets that so rarely fall from the portion of the sky God lent us.

Our state is full of the kind of parents that send their children out barefoot and fancy free in the midst of the liquid phenomenon. In fact, I can’t remember every seeing a drawn face propped by dejected limbs that wasn’t allowed to play on a rainy day. I never had a friend who perished from dancing in the rain. In fact, here’s a photo of two survivors who are alive and kickin’ today. That one on the right is pretty darn cute, too – good thing I married him before any of the other survivors snagged him up!


As a school project about weather in the desert, we made a couple homemade weather devices…of course neither has registered one iota. That’s 100%…failure. The first is a thermometer made out of a straw, colored water, sculpy to seal the bottle and a bottle. The index card is simply for marking the liquid as it climbs and falls in the straw – of course, nothing has changed. Now, as I mentioned, we were in the 90s today which should have more than registered up this straw. I am thinking the problem may be that my bottle is glass instead of plastic. Perhaps we’ll change it out tomorrow and see what happens.


The second project is a hygrometer. It is used to measure the moisture in the air. Naturally, this would be pretty much nothing in our state, but the gauge refuses to change. You set the meter by placing the contraption in the bathroom while you shower. It is built with a box, a needle, a penny, an index card, a paperclip and a strand of hair. The hair stretches from the humidity of the shower and is assumed to be at 10 on the gauge, or maximum humidity. You then set the hygrometer outside and the hair should tighten up as it dries out. Well, it didn’t.

I am assuming a few things could have gone astray. Perhaps one strand of my baby fine hair simply wasn’t strong enough to move the needle. Perhaps the needle is too thick and heavy to move at all. Perhaps it’s all a farce and someone is getting a kick outta reading about how people actually believe these things could work at all. At least if it were the last one someone would get a laugh out of this mess!



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