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Heatwave Caused I-196 To Buckle, But Was I-196 Hot Enough To Fry An Egg?

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You know it’s a serious heatwave when it’s so hot that it buckles the pavement on a highway.  Last Friday, that’s exactly what happened on I-196 near Hudsonville.

I-196 rose as much as ten inches because of the heat.

It was hot enough to buckle the highway, but was it hot enought to fry an egg on I-196?

 

WZZM reports:

Road crews say the pavement was 130 degrees to 140 degrees.  They say the concrete underneath heated up, causing the pavement to bubble.

According to The Library of Congress, I-196 was not hot enough to fry an egg:

An egg needs a temperature of 158°F to become firm. In order to cook, proteins in the egg must denature (modify), then coagulate, and that won’t happen until the temperature rises enough to start and maintain the process.

I-196 was hot enough to buckle the road, but not hot enough to fry an egg.  Somehow, I am disappointed.

Guess we’ll just have to go to Denny’s next time we want some eggs “denatured” and “coagulated”.

 

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