Tuesday, July 3, 2007

What's the Weather? Ask A Cricket

A story on ABC World News about crickets was so fascinating, it kinda blew me away. When the male snowy tree cricket, which is common in the US, chirps, the number of chirps correlate with farenheit temperatures. Since the cricket is sensitive to temperature, the warmer it is, the faster it chirps.

Dolbear's Law
Per ABC, count the number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 38 to get temperature.
Example: 39 chirps + 38 = 77° F

Next time we find a cricket hiding behind the dryer, maybe we'll test it out before grabbing for the vacuum.