Tuesday, August 5

Weather or Not

Here in Utah, we're in that hotter 'n blazes time of the year. I don't have any issues with hot days, just that there are so many of them. I really do like the changing seasons, and can't wait until Autumn. Why? It'll get cooler, that's why.

Lately the crickets in the back yard have been chirping like crazy, but not as much as the lone cricket I heard in Phoenix last year at Sky Harbor Airport. Yes, a cricket. Not in a bush, but somewhere near an exit. Why was he chirping like crazy? He was looking for a mate. Fat chance.

There's an old wive's tale [is the tale old, or were these created by old wives?] that says the earlier in summer you hear crickets chirping the more likely winter will be here sooner. I don't know about that, but I do know you can tell the current temperature by counting the number of chirps. Here's how:

1. Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds

2. Add 37

That's it. The result will be an approximation of the outside temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. And, yes, I suppose that if a cricket gets in your house, then it will chirp the indoor temperature.

Oh, and for those of you across the pond:

1. Number of chirps in 25 seconds
2. Divide the number by 3
3. Add 4

(I just knew metric would be harder)

So there you have it. Just get a few crickets and a Weather Rock and you can be as accurate as the Weather Channel!

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