Ask Scoopy: Temperature

about temperature

04/15/2010 10:59 AM

04/15/2010 12:16 PM

Q: What is California's record low temperature for April?
A: -30 degrees at White Mountain.

Q: What is California's record high temperature for April?
A: 118 degrees, April 25, 1898, Volcano Springs (now Mundo), Imperial County.

Q: What is California's record high temperature for March?
A: 105 degrees set at Ogilby in 1900.

Q: What is California's record low March temperature?
A: -35 degrees set at White Moutain in 1969.

Q: What is the record low February temperature for California?
A: -43 degrees in Boca set in 1989.

Q: Who invented the mercury thermometer?
A: Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1714.

Q: Who invented the water thermometer?
A: Galileo Galilei in 1593.

Q: At what temperature will mercury thermometers freeze?
A: -37.89 degrees. This is when alcohol thermometers are used.

Q: Which temperature scale was developed first, Fahrenheit or Celsius?
A: Fahrenheit was developed in 1724 and Celsius in 1742.

Q: What is the coldest inhabited town on Earth?
A: Ojmjakon, Siberia. It is said that birds freeze midflight in the town.

Q: What is an occluded front?
A: This type of front occurs when a cold front overtakes a warm front.

Q: Is evaporation a cooling, or warming, process?
A: A cooling process.

Q: How does lake effect snow form?
A: It forms when cold air flows over relatively warm lake water.

Q: What temperature are Fahrenheit and Celsius equal?
A: -40 degrees.

Q: What is the temperature at which molecular motion stops?
A: Absolute Zero, -273 degrees Celsius.

Q: What is lapse rate?
A: It is the rate of temperature change with a change in altitude.

Q: Along with temperature, what is used to calculate heat index?
A: Relative humidity.

Q: At what temperature does mercury in thermometers freeze?
A: At 38 degrees below zero!

Q: What is the base line for calculating degree days?
A: 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: What is California's lowest December temperature?
A: -40 degrees at Termo set in 1972

Q: What is California's highest December temperature?
A: 100 degrees at La Mesa.

Q: What is the term for when temperature increases as you go up?
A: An inversion.

Q: Which ALWAYS decreases as you go up, temperature or air pressure?
A: Air pressure.

Q: What is supercooling?
A: The process of cooling liquid below its freezing point without becoming a solid.

Q: Latent heat is also called what?
A: Heat of transformation.

Q: What is latent heat?
A: Heat absorbed or released when a substance changes phase.

Q: How many states have never recorded a temperature below 0(F)?
A: Only one - Hawaii.

Q: If the dew point equals the temperature, what is the humidity?
A: 100 percent.

Q: What is the dew point?
A: The temperature to which the air needs to be cooled to be saturated.

Q: What is Sacramento's coldest September temperature?
A: 43 degrees.

Q: What is California's coldest September temperature?
A: -5 degrees at White Mountain set in 1973.

Q: What is California's hottest September temperature?
A: 126 degrees set at Mecca in 1950.

Q: Which is colder, the North Pole or the South Pole?
A: The South Pole is much colder, due in part to its elevation of 9,300 feet.

Q: Do the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales ever converge?
A: Yes! minus-40 degrees is the same temperature on both scales.

Q: Can a cricket tell temperature?
A: Yes, actually.

Q: Where was the most rapid temperature increase ever recorded?
A: Spearfish, S.D.: Temperature rose 49 degrees in two minutes on Jan. 22, 1943.

Q: What is a diurnal temperature variation?
A: A general term that describes how temperature peaks in the day and troughs at night.

Q: What was the lowest temperature ever recorded?
A: Vostok, Antarctica, recorded a temperature of -129 Fahrenheit in 1983.

Q: What states have record highs no greater than 100 degrees?
A: Alaska and Hawaii.

Q: On average, what is Sacramento's coolest month?
A: December averages a high of 55 and a low of 40.4 degrees.

Q: On average, what is Sacramento's warmest month?
A: July averages a high of 93.8 degrees.

Q: What is Sacramento's average high temperature in August?
A: 92.5 degrees.

Q: What is California's coldest August temperature?
A: 12 degrees in 2000 at Bodie State Historic Park in Mono County.

Q: What is Bodie State Park's average minimum July temperature?
A: Bodie State Park averages 34.8 degrees for a minimum temperature.

Q: What is the record July low in California?
A: 12 degrees in Bodie State Park.

Q: What is California's hottest August temperature?
A: 127 degrees at Death Valley in 1993.

Q: What is Death Valley's average low temperature in July?
A: It averages 86.3 degrees for a minimum in July.

Q: What is Death Valley's average July high temperature?
A: Death Valley averages 114.9 degrees in July.

Q: What did Thomas Jefferson buy on the first Independence Day?
A: He bought his first thermometer. It was 76 degrees.

Q: What is the record July high for California?
A: 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch.

Q: A 1-degree rise in Celsius is how many in Fahrenheit?
A: 1.8 degrees.

Q: Where was the world's highest temperature recorded?
A: Furnace Creek in Death Valley recorded a temperature of 134 on July 10, 1913, the highest ever recorded.

Q: Florida's hottest ever temperature is 109. What is North Dakota's?
A: North Dakota's hottest temperature is 121 degrees.

Q: What is the lowest June temperature in California?
A: 2 degrees at White Mountain in 1967.

Q: What is the highest June temperature in California?
A: 129 degrees at Volcano Springs in 1902.

Q: What type of temperature profile is needed for a superior mirage?
A: There needs to be a temperature inversion (cold air below warm).

Q: Why are clear nights cooler than cloudy nights?
A: Clouds absorb escaping heat and radiate it back toward Earth.

Q: Which nights are usually cooler, windy cloudy nights or calm cloudless nights?
A: Cloudless calm nights are usually cooler.

Q: What is the coldest May temperature in California?
A: -15 degrees at White Mountain in 1964.

Q: What is the hottest May temperature in California?
A: 122 degrees in Death Valley record in 2000.

Q: Absolute temperature uses what scale?
A: The Kelvin Scale, which has a freezing point of 273 degrees.

Q: What coasts will see warmer than normal water during El Nino?
A: Peru and Ecuador.

Editor's Choice Videos

 

Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service