Americana: Some Like It Hot

Thanks to John Baudouine, of Bullhead City, Ariz. (pop. 15,000), his town is now officially hotter than ever before. Baudouine, a fireman, is no sorcerer: for four years he has been in charge of reporting daily weather statistics to the National Weather Service for his stretch of western Arizona desert. Last April a stickler from the Weather Service told him to move his thermometer from the firehouse's comparatively cool, sprinklered front lawn to more "natural terrain." Baudouine picked a dusty patch 100 yards away, and the high temperatures in Bullhead City were promptly...

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