26 hours – 61 degrees

November 29, 2007 at 7:08 pm 1 comment

On my google homepage, I have the weather widget. It lets you get current weather conditions for multiple locations and for some reason, I have Detroit, Toledo, and Dayton all tracked. At first I liked being able to compare the temperatures across these 3 locations but lately, it’s getting me down. It’s always 8-10 degrees warmer in Dayton, which makes sense being about 4 hours south of Detroit. Goolge is always reminding me how spring comes earlier and winter comes later back home.

Anyway, this got me thinking about the temperature difference in destinations in comparison to time. If the 10 degree difference for 4 hours held up from Detroit to Dayton, then technically driving from the northern most spot on I-75 (Sault Ste Marie, MI) to the southern most spot (Naples, Fl) which takes about 26 hours, should result in about a 65 degree temperature difference (26/4*10) . In checking weather.com’s Interstate weather tracker and marking off the cities approximately 4 hours apart, here are todays temperatures:
75 temperatures

  • Sault Ste Marie, MI: 22
  • Flint, MI: 28
  • Dayton, OH: 38
  • Knoxville, TN: 58
  • Macon, GA: 69
  • Ocala, FL: 82
  • Naples, FL: 83

Thats a difference of 61 degrees over a 26 hour drive. On average, every hour you drive south adds about 2.5 degrees to your high temperature.

Realization – move 30 minutes south of your work as opposed to the guy who lives 30 minutes North, and you should on average enjoy and 2.5 degree warmer day.

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  • 1. jeff  |  December 4, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Guest realization/complaint:

    The History Channel had a show on today, about reinforced concrete and how it would hold up to nuclear blasts.

    So here goes…

    First the rebar was not intertwined, it was laid top to bottom and side to side, with the horizontal bars all to the outside of the vertical beams. This caught my eye, for if I were designing a structure, there would be a rotation of interior/exterior lacing on the re-bar. Not such a big deal, it just grabbed my attention.

    Then came my real issue as the quality testing was about to begin. Mind you there was one structure built, a 5x5x6 “bunker”. They then proceeded to drop 3000 lbs. square in the center of the roof from 6 in. This was to represent the shock absorbed from a blast 1/2 a mile away. Fine. They then proceeded to use the SAME bunker to test for a hit 300 yards from direct contact. 3000 lbs crashing down on a softened bunker from 12 inches above. Is it me or does it seem that a 3000 wrecking ball falling squarely on the dead center of a 5x5x6′ bunker TWICE, in the same location, and not spread evenly through the element not strike anyone as poor hypothesis testing?

    Realization (one I have come to many years ago, but was struck by again) Most everything on TV is garbage and shouldn’t be regarded as even slightly worthy of genuine credible information.

    TAKE THAT HISTORY CHANNEL!

    Reply

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