Farenheit vs Celsius


It’s a comfortable 68 degrees Farenheit out there, or 20 degrees Celsius, I noticed.  The weathermen have shifted the possibility of precipitation from Sunday to today, Saturday. Sunday still looks cloudy but we should be back to our normal gorgeous, sunny weather by Monday. The tides are going to be even flatter than yesterday. It hit me this morning that I should explain the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius. The entire rest of the world (except Belize) uses the Celsius scale. It all started way back in 1724 when this German scientist guy (named, of course, Herr Farenheit) decided that “the freezing point” (0 degrees) should be the temperature of brine (ice, water and an ammonium salt). Then he took his wife’s armpit’s temperature (I am not kidding) and noted it was 96 degrees on his thermometer. It took some years to perfect, but Farenheit and a buddy of his finally agreed 64 intervals would separate ice from his wife’s armpit, allowing him to” mark degree lines on his instruments by simply bisecting the interval six times since 64 is 2 to the sixth power”. (I am not kidding. I got this from Wikipedia). Now I know why I like Belize so much. On the other hand, the Celsius scale says that freezing and boiling are 100 degrees apart and works from there. I remember on the first day of my first semester of college chemistry, the professor wrote on the board in perfect calligraphy “at what point do the Celsius and Farenheit scales coincide?  Show your work”. So I put my patio thermometer away and went to work. I think only two students got an answer, and only one was right. I was not that person. The answer is -40. Having fed goats in -40 F or C weather, I know that’s damn cold. At any rate, I think I will begin to report the temperature in Celsius, just to make you learn the conversion. I’ll even give you the formula: [°F] = [°C] × 95 + 32. Another way to look at it is to just multiply the degrees Celsius by 1.8 and add 32.  Simple huh? So go out and enjoy your 20 degree day. I know I will!

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One Response to Farenheit vs Celsius

  1. Bob Sanz says:

    Celsius and the metric system make so much sense. It is just silly that the US is different in that regard. No more Fahrenheit! It is even hard to spell!

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