Estimating Temperature Using Cricket Chirps

I stumbled upon a truly great formula on the GLOBE scientists’ blog. It allows you to compute the ambient air temperature from the number of cricket chirps in a fixed time interval and this with a surprising accuracy. The idea actually quite old, it dates back 1898 when the physicist Dalbear first analyzed this relationship, and has been revived from time to time ever since.

Here’s how it works: count the number of chirps N over 13 seconds. Add 40 to that and you got the outside temperature T in Fahrenheit.

T = N + 40

From the picture below you can see that the fit is really good. The error seems to be plus / minus 6 % at most in the range from 50 to 80 °F.

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