I quote from a comment I left on this post of my blogging friend Kat's Cradle from Australia:
For those people from the US that don't get it (and that is all of us since there are onlyAmericans need to learn these things in mathematics and science classes so that they can understand their fellow citizens in the world. My college students don't know these conversions even though we are on the border with metric Canada. I don't know these conversions! The mathematics of measurement is part of our cultural literacy. We're failing.
twothree nations in the world that don't use metric and the US is one of them), I translate:
In a normal winter the average day time temperature is 72°F. The night time temps can get to about 46°F.and
The lowest night time temps in the city have been around 37°F to 39°F. Where I live is about 19 miles inland and our temps have come down to below 32°F. The day time temps have been around 64°F to 66°F.
My comment: It is the middle of summer here and you are now officially warmer, in the middle of winter, than we have been this summer. Wingnut is freezing at swimming lessons. It has gotten to 70°F (21°C) maybe a couple times in July. I think we'll come to your neck of the woods to get a proper summer this year during winter.
What are your summer temps?
This is fascinating.
Here is a conversion tool:
- In your Google search field, type, without the quotes, "convert 18 degrees c to f" or "convert 18 degrees f to c"
- Hit enter. Your Google result will be your conversion.
If we make ourselves do these conversions enough, we will gain a sense of what 20°C is or what 100 kph is. We need to learn.