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Pat Shingleton: "Crickets and Temperatures"

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2014 Jul 9, 2014 Wednesday, July 09 2014 July 09, 2014 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Many believe that crickets chirp more in warm weather than during cold times. in 1897, physicist Amos Dolbear believed that the cricket was a thermometer. Not only do crickets chirp for a mate but they also correspond to "Dolbear's Law" which incorporated listening, counting and addition to determine the outside temperature. This is how it works. Listen and count the number of chirps that you hear in 14 seconds. After you have that number add the magic number 38 and it matches the Fahrenheit temperature. Seven years ago this formula was tested by Thomas Walker who wrote, "Cricket Field Study." Numerous crickets chirping at the same time is tricky. "Cricket Neely" of Gino's Restaurant uses his own crickets to calculate the temperature.

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