They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
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Relative Temperature

Sonia was one of our class at the 2004 WOTF Workshop. She posted today on Facebook that it was 46°. Now just about two months ago she said it was about 46°, but she lives in Perth on the Indian Ocean, so 46°C in summer is still pretty damn hot. 46°C is about 115°F.

So now she's talking about the autumn weather half a world away. 8°C. 46°F. It's cold. Layer on the jackets.

Here it peaked at 48°F in Kalamazoo -- 51°F in Grand Rapids -- and people were tossing off coats to enjoy the warm and sunshine, next to the melting snow piles. Even with my cold, I took off my coat to enjoy a minute of shirtsleeves in the sun as I stowed my walker.

Temperature is a relative thing. A comparison. But it has to be done in context. 48°F in August is a sharply colder fall day. In March, when the low was near zero just two days ago, it's warm. And of house changing units makes it even more relative.

So record lows two nights ago. Above freezing last night. Heading back down to 8°F. March is some kind of brain addled lion-lamb chimera in 2014.

As for Winter, FINALLY after most of a week, NBCsports is showing some Paralympics Games -- adaptive snowboarding right now. Men's and women's snowboard cross. The adaptive snowboards are different, you can only point it down the course. No fakeys. Yeah I neither know precisely what that term means or how to spell it. (grin) These athletes are competing their hearts out, mostly in silence by NBC.

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