I hope all of you made it home safely after last week’s terrible Atlanta weather. And I hope this past weekend’s unseasonably warm weather helped to make up for it, if only a little bit. To that end, this week’s grammar tip is about weather, and how you should write it.
A few tips:
- The abbreviation F, for Fahrenheit, is unnecessary when referencing temperatures.
- Always use numerals for the temp. The only exception is zero degrees.
- Remember that temperatures increase or decrease (go up or down, rise or fall), rather than get warmer or cooler.
Here are a few examples:
I can’t believe the 70 degree weather we had in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday!
My hometown of Oak Park, IL, regularly experiences sub-zero temps. I heard it was 15 below just last week.
The warm weather this weekend made me wish for spring days when temps are on the rise.
At least the temperatures aren’t expected to fall drastically this week.
One related point of confusion to consider is that of turning the thermostat “up and down”. When you are dealing with heat it’s straightforward, but it gets confusing when you are talking about air conditioning. Does “turning up the AC” mean you raised the temperature setpoint to make the space warmer, or lowered the temperature setpoint to make the AC work harder thus cooling the space? For this reason I always refer to thermostat adjustments as raising and lowering the *temperature*, not the thermostat.
Your pal in unambiguous communications,
P. S. As an engineer and scientist, I bristle at the summary dismissal of Celsius 🙂