ChanteSez … Cool it now

With cool weather comes references to temperature.

A common mistake is to say the temperature is getting warmer or — in the case of autumn and winter — cooler.

But think about what’s at play here. It’s the temperature itself, not the weather.

Temperatures only rise or fall when used in this context. A few examples:

My dad would always make me wear a hat when the temperature started to fall.

Folks love it when August hits and the weather gets cooler — but not so much when there’s a big temperature drop in the winter.

Georgia has distinct seasons. When September comes, the days start cool but then the temperature raises to the mid-70s.

Think of it this way: Temps drop, weather does not.

ChanteSez … Weather comes in degrees

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.