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Pat Shingleton: "Crickets and Temperatures"

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Posted: Jul 8, 2014 6:32 PM by Pat Shingleton

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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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