Yes, it’s another post about weather and winter, but not really.
I grew up surrounded by the metric system. I learned to measure in kilometers, kilograms, and Celsius. Not everything, mind you, I do measure my weight in pounds and my height in feet and inches. At work I measure in several different units; inches, centimeters, picas, agate lines and pixels.
But with measuring the weather, Celsius has always been the unit I use. It just makes more sense. When water freezes, it’s zero. When it boils, it’s 100. And when it’s -40 it’s exactly the unit that people in the United States will understand (shocking revelation, the rest of the world actually measures in metric). So, I’m used to reading the temperature as +32 or -15. Such as this morning, it’s -21 with a wind from the north west at 9 kilometers per hour, which makes it feel like -28. That last part is windchill, which is a completely different monster than Celsius.
I’ve grown so used to it, that when I see someone post their weather app screen capture from their phone, I’m at a loss until I realize that it’s in Fahrenheit. And when I see it as reading 7, I have to remind myself that it’s closer to -13. Sometimes I’ll see 32, which I know is zero (and that’s still warmer than what it is now). And I know that -40 in F is -40 in C, and after that it doesn’t matter because it’s all stinking cold and no one should be moving about when it gets down to that.
At one time, I recall I had to know exactly what the conversions were. Back when I worked in radio, because a lot of the farmers that listened still used Fahrenheit. So, when we’d say something like “the current temperature in the Rosetown area is -20 Celsius, that’s -4 Fahrenheit”. We’d always have to make sure that the conversion was there.
So, yes, this may indeed be a mindless ramble about metric system and temperature, but it’s something I find rather interesting from time to time and isn’t that what a blog is all about. Writing about things that may interest one on occasion. Today, or at least this morning, that’s what interests me.