Predict Temperature with Cricket Chirps

How to Read Nature's Cricket Thermometer

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Did you know that you can tell the temperature by counting the chirps of a cricket? It’s true! Here’s the formula:

How to Tell the Temperature with Cricket Chirps

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, then add 40 to get the temperature.

Example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count the number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get the temperature.

Example: 48 chirps /(divided by) 3 + 4 = 20° C

Use the method you prefer and then convert to degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit using our temperature converter.

Why Do Crickets Chirp?

Chirping is a cricket’s way of communicating. Male crickets use chirping to attract females, scare off other males, or warn of danger. Contrary to popular belief, crickets do not use their legs to chirp! In fact, crickets produce the iconic sound by rubbing the edges of their wings together.

Watch this video for more information about telling the temperature by cricket chirps. To find out this week’s weather in your region, see our seven-day forecast.

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