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My preferred temperature scale is:

by chacham (Prior)
on Sep 01, 2015 at 10:21 UTC ( [id://1140638] : poll . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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[bar] 103/16%
[bar] 78/12%
[bar] 2/0%
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I have absolutely zero preference
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635 total votes
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Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by tye (Sage) on Sep 01, 2015 at 23:46 UTC

    I still recall watching some science/nature program where a scientist is talking about the extreme conditions they had to deal with and says it was "minus 40 degrees" and then, after a short pause, adds "Celsius". It still makes me chuckle just a little.

    - tye        

      -40C = 233.15K


      -40F = 233.15K

      Chuckle with tye... and at unnamed (cold weather?) scientist.

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by stevieb (Canon) on Sep 01, 2015 at 14:19 UTC

    My girlfriend from Texas now living with me in Canada has had me translate very quickly in my mind between C and F. Same thing for kilometers and miles.

    I was camping in the mountains last weekend and gassing up at a tourist spot. Someone asked "how many litres in a gallon". I yelled out "3.8". Then they asked as a joke "how many kilometers in a mile?" ... "0.6". As they drove by me leaving the parking lot they were smiling, and they asked "it's 14C right now, what's that in F?" takes me a few seconds to calculate, and I said "about 56".

    It was a cute moment for myself and the people who were visiting from California.

      Then they asked as a joke "how many kilometers in a mile?" ... "0.6".

      1.6 km in 1 mile. And, 57.2F (so you were pretty close on that one)

        Of course I meant to say miles in a km ;)

      My car is from Canada, so i got used to some conversions. (The mph markings are too small for me.) When i need 55, i go 90. When i need 25, i go 40. I don't even need to look at the conversion cheat sheets taped near the speedometer as often. The speedometer itself is off a bit and seems moody, which allows for some needful guessing.

      More recently, i downloaded a speedometer app for my Android, which works great outside of tunnels. As an odd side affect, i was shifting gears about every 20 kilometers on the speedometer (not the odometer!) and based on sound. With the phone covering most of the speedometer, i rely completely on sound.

      Next time i'm in Windsor, it's just going to be weird.

        The primary vehicle I drive is from US so we're in the exact opposite situation :). Everything is miles, and like you, I find the km portion to be too small.

        We drive all over the place regularly (from Calgary to Dallas, and back, as well as across Canada), so I bought a cheap North America GPS ($99). I switch it from miles to km and vice-versa depending where I am, and it allows me to see exactly my speed without needing to look at the dash at all. it also warns me in a different colour if I'm going 5km+ over the limit, or 3m over, and even alerts on red-light cams.

      "how many kilometers in a mile?" ... "0.6"

      Um, no: it's 1.6.

      As they drove by me leaving the parking lot they were smiling, and they asked "it's 14C right now, what's that in F?

      For me, remembering the approximations 16C=61F and 28C=82F is usually good enough. Then each 1C difference equals nearly 2F. So for the above, I would have said 57F ( 61 - ( (16 - 14)*2) ).

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Sep 01, 2015 at 14:50 UTC

    The poll shows a clear preference for celsius now (16:47 GMT) - however only Europeans had a chance to vote. I'm wondering if it swings to Fahrenheit when the sun raises in America.

      I wonder if there is a connection between ordinality and popularity amongst the options.

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Sep 01, 2015 at 10:27 UTC


Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by vitoco (Hermit) on Sep 01, 2015 at 21:01 UTC

    Celcius is the scale used in my country, but the thermostat of the air conditioner system at home failed, and the only replacement piece available for that model was in Fahrenheit. I had to print a table with a conversion scale and place it at the side of the control unit.

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by chacham (Prior) on Sep 01, 2015 at 13:56 UTC

    I like the thermometers that have both Celsius and Fahrenheit listed. I prefer one but like to know the other.

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by GotToBTru (Prior) on Sep 02, 2015 at 15:27 UTC

    I pre-marked my slide rule at key points to make Celsius to Rankine conversions easier.

    Dum Spiro Spero
Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by stevieb (Canon) on Sep 01, 2015 at 15:08 UTC

    For air temperatures outside, I've always known and preferred C, but in my greenhouse and grow rooms I much prefer F (as that seems to be the standard in almost all literature I read and the groups I belong to).

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by wjw (Priest) on Sep 04, 2015 at 23:24 UTC

    I prefer degrees F because I grew up with it and therefor think in terms of weather(comfort or lack thereof). If I am working, however, I prefer degrees C (and metric in general) for obvious reasons....

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

    A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...

Re: My preferred temperature scale is:
by jonadab (Parson) on Sep 05, 2015 at 14:50 UTC

    Fahrenheit is ideal for weather, and a simplified high/medium/low heat scale for most cooking. Kelvin for most other purposes.

      Celsius works beautifully for weather:

      • —10°: Bloody cold, wear thermals
      • 0°: Cold, wear a scarf and gloves
      • 10°: Chilly, wear a jumper
      • 20°: Just nice for working
      • 30°: Hot, wear swimsuit and chill out
      • 40°: Much too hot, find air-conditioned bar and chill out
        Celsius works beautifully for weather:

        Yes, indeed:

        °CSami Temperature ScaleTemperaturskala für Sami
        +10°CInhabitants of apartments in Helsinki turn off the heating. The Sami plant flowersDie Bewohner von Mietwohnungen in Helsinki drehen die Heizung ab. Die Sami pflanzen Blumen.
        +5°CThe Sami sunbathe if the sun still rises over the horizon.Die Sami nehmen ein Sonnenbad, falls die Sonne noch über den Horizont steigt.
        +2°CItalian cars refuse to startItalienische Autos springen nicht mehr an.
        0°CDestilled water freezes.Destilliertes Wasser gefriert.
        -1°CThe breath becomes visible. Time to plan a Mediterranean holiday. The Sami eat ice cream and drink cold beer.Der Atem wird sichtbar. Zeit, einen Mittelmeerurlaub zu planen. Die Sami essen Eis und trinken kaltes Bier.
        -4°CThe cat wants to share the bed with youDie Katze will mit ins Bett.
        -10°CTime to plan holidays in africa. Sami go swimming.Zeit, einen Afrikaurlaub zu planen. Die Sami gehen zum Schwimmen.
        -12°CTo cold for snow.Zu kalt zum Schneien.
        -15°CAmerican cars refuse to start.Amerikanische Autos springen nicht mehr an.
        -18°CHelsinki house owners turn on the heating.Die Helsinkier Hausbesitzer drehen die Heizung auf.
        -20°CYou can hear your breath.Der Atem wird hörbar.
        -22°CFrench cars refuse to start. To cold for ice skating.Französische Autos springen nicht mehr an. Zu kalt zum Schlittschuhlaufen.
        -23°CPoliticians start to pity the homeless.Politiker beginnen, die Obdachlosen zu bemitleiden.
        -24°CGerman cars refuse to start.Deutsche Autos springen nicht mehr an.
        -26°CBreath can be cut into building material for iglus.Aus dem Atem kann Baumaterial für Iglus geschnitten werden.
        -29°CCat wants to share the pyjama.Die Katze will unter den Schlafanzug.
        -30°CJapanese cars refuse to start. The Sami curses, kicks the tire, and starts his Lada.Japanische Autos springen nicht mehr an. Der Sami flucht, tritt gegen den Reifen und startet seinen Lada.
        -31°CToo cold for kissing, lips freeze together. Sami football team starts spring training.Zu kalt zum Küssen, die Lippen frieren zusammen. Lapplands Fußballmannschaft beginnt mit dem Training für den Frühling.
        -35°CTime to plan for a two-week hot bath. Sami shovel snow from the roof.Zeit, ein zweiwöchiges heißes Bad zu planen. Die Sami schaufeln Schnee vom Dach.
        -39°CMercury freezes. Too cold to think. The Sami close the top shirt button.Quecksilber gefriert. Zu kalt zum Denken. Die Sami schließen den obersten Hemdknopf.
        -40°CThe car wants to share the bed. The Sami pull a sweater.Das Auto will mit ins Bett. Die Sami ziehen einen Pullover an.
        -45°CThe Sami close the bathroom windowDie Sami schließen das Klofenster.
        -50°CThe sea lions leave Greenland. The Sami exchange the gloves against mittens.Die Seelöwen verlassen Grönland. Die Sami tauschen die Fingerhandschuhe gegen Fäustlinge.
        -70°CThe polar bears leave the north pole. At the University of Rovaniemi, a cross-country trip is organized.Die Eisbären verlassen den Nordpol. An der Universität Rovaniemi wird ein Langlaufausflug organisiert.
        -75°CSanta Claus leaves the Arctic Circle. The Sami fold down the ear flaps of the hat.Der Weihnachtsmann verläßt den Polarkreis. Die Sami klappen die Ohrenklappen der Mütze runter.
        -114°CAlcohol freezes.Alkohol gefriert.
        -268°CHelium condenses.Helium wird flüssig.
        -270°CHell freezes over.Die Hölle friert.
        -273,15°CAbsolute Zero. No movement of elementary particles. The Sami admit: "Yes, it's a little bit chilly."Absoluter Nullpunkt. Keine Bewegung der Elementarteilchen. Die Sami geben zu: "Ja, es ist etwas kühl."

        (According to that table, I'm at least half a Sami.)


        (Original german text from here)

        Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
        Wat? No, -10 Celsius isn't cold enough for thermals. That's *almost* warm enough for shirt sleeves, especially if you're only going to be out for a few minutes. The ACTUAL scale goes like this:
        • -20F Awesome. Snow squeaks when you walk on it.
        • -10F Cold, wear gloves and a hat and stuff.
        • 0F Snow crunches when you walk on it.
        • 10F Chilly, definitely wear a coat.
        • 20F Snow is kinda melty and packs easily.
        • 30F Very melty, all snow turns to slush.
        • 40F Refrigerator temperature.
        • 50F Low end of room temperature range.
        • 60F Perfect room temperature.
        • 70F High end of room temperature range.
        • 80F Break out the fans. Nursing home temperature.
        • 90F Fans aren't really enough. AC helps more.
        • 100F Body temperature. AC has trouble keeping up.
        • 110F Medically dangerous, particularly if you run out of drinking water.
        • 200F You can just about burn yourself on this.
        • 300F Hot enough for cooking some things.
        • 350F Typical baking temperature.
        • 400F High baking temperature.

        —10°: Bloody cold

        It's gets bloody cold well before then, unless i use hand cream. Though, that is more likely to be measured as the level of humidity than in Celcius.

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