How Do you Tell the Temperature?

How Do you Tell the Temperature?

Regina Yunghans
Sep 3, 2009

Pre digital age, I remember having an outdoor thermometer that was checked daily. Somehow its use faded over time, though it's tough to pinpoint quite when. Today, squinting at an old mercury-based thermometer seems quaint...

Somewhere along the way, the main method of telling the temperature moved to the internet. Something about it feels so detached, though. I can tell what the temperature is somewhere in my area code, but not what it is right at home. Does it matter? Probably not. But there's a perceived immediacy and specificity lost to the internet.

A middle ground in my home is the Weather Channel Wireless Temperature Station. It's an indoor monitor that gathers temperature information from a few exterior points around the house. It also displays the interior temperature and has a digital clock readout. Somehow, however, those digital numerals (though probably more accurate) are harder to trust than the old red line of mercury rising.

What do you use to check the temperature at your house? Do you feel the way I do about internet and digital displays or am I just being too sensitive? Take the survey and leave any comments below.

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