Sign Up    /    Login

America vs Rest!

Thermometer

EXCERTPS  of an article by Patrick J. Kiger on CLIMATE AND WEATHER

If you’re an American and you’ve ever had a conversation with someone from another country about the weather, you’ve probably been a little confused when he or she says that the afternoon temperature is a nice 21 degrees. To you, that might sound like a chilly winter day, but to them, it’s a pleasantly warm springtime temperature.

That’s because virtually every other country in the rest of the world uses the Celsius temperature scale, part of the metric system, which denotes the temperature at which water freezes as 0 degrees, and the temperature at which it boils as 100 degrees.

But the U.S. and a few other American holdouts like– the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Belize and Palau – cling to the Fahrenheit scale, in which water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees.

It means that the ‘21 degrees C temperature’ that was previously mentioned as a ‘nice afternoon day’ in rest of the world is the equivalent of a ‘balmy 70 degrees F’ in the U.S ‘on a nice spring day’. 

WHY THE  TWO  DIFFERENT SCALES FOR TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT?

The persistence of Fahrenheit is one of those puzzling American idiosyncrasies, the equivalent of how the U.S. uses the word soccer to describe what the rest of the planet calls football.

Moreover, in American Football game, “the player who can run fastest to the goal post with the ball tucked away in his/her hand, chased by the opposing team, is hailed as a champion!”

Consolation is, even in ‘American Soccer’ (called ‘Football in rest of the world’)  strong legs are required, the game is an exercise for the legs.

But when it comes to temperature and whether, why is it that the US. uses a different temperature scale, and why doesn’t it not switch to be consistent with the rest of the world?

There doesn’t seem to be a logical answer, except perhaps inertia. Americans generally loathe the metric system – this 2015 poll found that just 21 percent of the public favored converting to metric measures, while 64 percent were opposed.

It might make more sense if Fahrenheit was old-school and Celsius was a modern upstart, sort of the New Coke of temperature.

But in reality, they were created only about two decades part. Fahrenheit was created by its namesake, a German scientist named Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who in the early 1700s was the first to design alcohol and mercury thermometers that were both precise and consistent, so that any two of his instruments would register the same temperature reading in a given place at a given moment.

His great mechanical skill in working glass enabled him to carry out his designs,” as Henry Carrington Bolton explained in his 1900 book, “Evolution of the Thermometer, 1592-1743.”

INVENTION OF THE FAHRENHIT SCALE 

When the German Scientist, Fahrenheit, started out… the key thing that he was interested in was coming up with the same temperature reading all the time, not comparing temperatures of different things or different times of day.

But when he presented a paper on his system for measuring temperature to the Royal Society of London in 1724, he apparently realized that he had to come up with a standard temperature scale as well.

“Basically, the Fahrenheit scale was devised with zero as the coldest temperature for a mixture of ice and salt water, and the upper end was thought to be body temperature (approx. 96 degrees F), making a scale that could be progressively divided by 2,” explains Don Hillger, a research meteorologist at Colorado State University’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, and also president of the U.S. Metric Association, a group that advocates conversion to the metric system.

“This resulted in the freezing/melting temperature being 32 degrees F, not a very useful number!

The boiling temperature for water was then set at 212, again not a very useful number. The two temperatures are 180 degrees apart, again a multiple of 2.”

In short, Americans consider themselves different from the rest of the world and one cannot raise their temperatures arguing about what is good weather.

Have a nice day!

Share with:


0 0 votes
Article Rating

Suresh Rao

Mellowed out and enlightened septuagenarian. Tech savvy. Social writing is just a pastime to kill time. I keep contributing to several developmental projects in the area of engineering education, IT and Healthcare projects launched by my kith and kin. I am too lazy to write a book, 'cause I think my life itself is a book! I am also at www.facebook.com/sureshnrao
2 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Navneet Bakshi
1 year ago

All the measuring standards used in America are different from those used by the rest of the world and it is quite bothersome to someone who has not learnt science beyond the high school level, but even to the qualified engineers they are irksome. For measurement they still use Inches and yards and there are different standards of gauge and threads and while ordering spares I remember when I was sailing, we had to used have a lot of problem because the catalogues with American standards wouldn’t mention the corresponding equivalents in International standards. Even there are British Standards too for many things and they are still used by some countries and not understood by those living in other countries.

Random Posts

Placeholder Image 90

Thewriterfriends.com is an experiment to bring the creative people together on one platform. It is a free platform for creativity. While there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of platforms that provide space for expression around the world, the feeling of being a part of fraternity is often lacking. If you have a creative urge, then this is the right place for you. You are welcome here to be one of us.

Random Posts

The “Bite”

By Vikram Karve | February 9, 2021 | 3 Comments

THE “BITE” Story by Vikram Karve ______________ Around 39 years ago – in 1982 – as a newly married couple – we lived in Curzon Road Apartments (also called Multi-Storey (MS) Apartments). Curzon Road Apartments were located between Connaught Place (CP) and India Gate on Kasturba Gandhi Road. There were 6 multi-storey buildings (A, B, C,…

Share with:


Read More

Decoding The Crimson Island

By Charumati Ramdas | July 31, 2020 | 2 Comments

Decoding M.Bulgakov’s The Crimson Island A.Charumati Ramdas The Crimson Island, written by the author of Master and Margarita, remains one of the most mysterious plays of world. Looking quite innocent on the surface, the play, which saw the stage just for one theatrical season, only in Moscow, was first published as a satirical sketch on 20th April 1924 in…

Share with:


Read More

Website Defects/Suggestions

By Navneet Bakshi | May 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

17-07-2020 1. Can we add a Button or a Prompt at the right side of the Comment Window against the Message- “You must be Logged in for Posting A Comment” 2. Can we make a provision of sending a mail from Admin for asking people to Post the Blogs or Appreciating them for getting good…

Share with:


Read More

वड़वानल

By Charumati Ramdas | July 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

सन् 1946 के नौसैनिकों के विद्रोह पर आधारित उपन्यास वडवानल लेखक राजगुरू दत्तात्रेय आगरकर हिंदी अनुवाद आ. चारुमति रामदास अनुवादिका का प्रतिवेदन पिछले वर्ष मार्च में प्रो. आगरकर जी ने फोन पर मुझसे पूछा कि क्या मैं नौसेना विद्रोह पर आधारित उनके उपन्यास ‘वड़वानल’ का हिन्दी में अनुवाद कर सकूँगी ? प्रो. आगरकर से मेरा ज़रा–सा भी परिचय नहीं था…

Share with:


Read More

Adventure, Travel… Trip to Bahamas

By Suresh Rao | November 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our Trip to Bahamas Share with: 0 0 votes Article Rating

Share with:


Read More

Pres. Trump wants southern wall built to stop illegal migration from south-America

By Suresh Rao | September 26, 2020 | 7 Comments

Pres. Trump makes some progress in building the southern wall to stop illegal immigration from south-America. https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/videos/562221590985682 However, he now faces court challenges for using some of funds assigned for Defence to build the Mexican wall. Trump could tell Mexicans they must pay for the wall by giving away Mexican oil at $35/barrel, next 10…

Share with:


Read More

वड़वानल – 11

By Charumati Ramdas | July 20, 2020 | 4 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   आर. के. के  भावावेश में दिये गए, सुलगाने वाले भाषण के पश्चात् एक भयावह शान्ति छा गई । आर. के. पलभर को रुका और उसने सबको आह्वान दिया – ‘‘हम, आज, यहाँ नेताजी को याद करते हुए शपथ लें कि स्वतन्त्रताप्राप्ति के लिए मेरे प्रिय हिन्दुस्तान को…

Share with:


Read More

Jai Sriram

By Suresh Rao | September 12, 2020 | 2 Comments

Sri Ramji ballets are becoming popular in Bollywood. Watch one of them here.  https://www.facebook.com/zeemusiccompany/videos/373035020239109 Share with: 0 0 votes Article Rating

Share with:


Read More

How my 60th birthday was celebrated in Aa Me Ri Ca

By Suresh Rao | October 1, 2020 | 9 Comments

I went back in time to mull over the shocker of a birthday I had to encounter when a nephew of mine organized it without telling me, in my own home! This enterprising nephew who was pursuing a PhD program in electrical engineering at a nearby University campus, would occasionally drop by late at night…

Share with:


Read More

Toys made in India by Indians for Indian children

By Suresh Rao | August 31, 2020 | 2 Comments

TOYS  TO  BE  MADE  IN  INDIA  BY  INDIANS  FOR  NEXT  GENERATION  INDIAN  CHILDREN TOYS  TO  BE  MADE  IN  INDIA  BY  INDIANS  FOR  NEXT  GENERATION  INDIAN  CHILDREN   ———————————————————————————————————– PM Modi has invited Indian manufacturers to join in huge toy market in India by making toys with India themes. Only concern right now is  these toys…

Share with:


Read More
2
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x