John Wheeler: Cold and hot; it's a matter of degrees

The saying, "Once the temperature goes below zero, it's all the same," is just not true.

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FARGO — Perhaps it is out of exasperation, but some people make the claim, “Once the temperature goes below zero, it’s all the same: too cold.” This statement is only a partial truth. Each degree the temperature goes down is an equal amount of difference in temperature. A temperature of 10 degrees is 20 degrees colder than 30 degrees, just as 20 degrees below zero is 20 degrees colder than zero.

The colder it is, the more energy it costs to keep your house livable, the harder it is for your car to start and the colder you will get walking from one to the other. Summer will bring the same comparison and the same reality. A temperature of 100 degrees is 20 degrees warmer than 80 degrees. Each unit of temperature range is the same, no matter where it is on the scale.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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