We know that water will freeze at 32°F and boil at 212°F, but at the same time water freezes at 0°C and boils 100°C. Same temperatures, just different units of measurement. The United States employs U.S. customary units which we are are familiar with like mile, gallon, pound, and the Fahrenheit scale for measuring temperature. Most of the rest of the world works with the International System of Units, also known as SI units or the metric system with units like meters, liters, grams and the Celsius scale for temperature. But I digress.
The fields of science, medicine, the military are a few examples where the metric system is used almost exclusively in the United States.
Meteorology is a science that here in the U.S. employs both U.S. customary units and SI units of measure. That means we deal with data with two different scales so we often have to convert between units of measure.
Here at Weather Nation we use the Fahrenheit scale when talking about temperatures in the U.S., but for our Caribbean forecasts we present temperature in degrees F and in degrees C (Celsius), with the computer handling the heavy lifting of converting the numbers.
The trivia question is simple:
When is the temperature in Celsius the same as in Fahrenheit?
To answer that there can be some math involved or even a quick internet search so I’ll wait for your answer posted in the comments section.
For your efforts here is a bookmark you can print out with the answer included. Some conversion may be required.
Meteorologist Mike Morrison