[time-nuts] Thunderbolt stability and ambient temperature

Chuck Harris cfharris at erols.com
Wed Jun 10 23:38:49 UTC 2009

Magnus Danielson wrote:

> Oh, an interesting experiment is to try to freeze a watermelon in a 
> steaming hot desert. Put towels on it and poor water over it. The amount 
> of energy needed to evaporize the water exceeds the suns heatup effect, 
> so the watermelon cools down... down... down... a bit of non-linearity 
> causes what may seem to be a thermal induction effect.

I've tried that very experiment on a 118F night in the Mojave Desert
using me, and a wet tee-shirt, and I can say with certainty, that
I didn't freeze!

That was without the Sun.  The Sun adds approximately 1000W/sq-meter.

-Chuck Harris

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