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Los Angeles thermometer back up and recording temperatures after meltdown

September 28, 2010 |  5:49 pm

It was so hot Monday in downtown Los Angeles that the thermometer broke -- literally.

But don’t worry, the official National Weather Service thermometer was back up and running as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said weather service meteorologist Ryan Kittell.

The thermometer is part of a weather station in a grassy shaded area of the USC campus, and it is designed to work even during blackouts using battery backups. Monday’s record 113-degree heat, however, caused an electrical component to fail and cut off the station’s power supply, Kittell said.

The thermometer stopped reporting temperatures about 1 p.m., he said, but forecasters were still able to dial in to the station to monitor the temperature until it shut down completely about 3 p.m. In that two-hour window it didn’t register anything hotter than 113 -- nor did the temperature surpass 113 at another sensor in the Civic Center -- so meteorologists are fairly confident that was the hottest it got.

“We're sticking with the 113,” Kittell said.

-- Tony Barboza

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