COUNTING CHIRPS: How a cricket measures the temperature

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When you want to know what the temperature is, you've got lots of options: checking a home thermometer, checking the KY3 Weather App, and most banks display one when you're driving down the street.

But did you know that you could use crickets to do the same thing?

Sound unbelievable?

"Why not?" asks Springfield resident Jim Bohannon. "Because crickets and most of nature it somehow has a rhythm to it."

And that rhythm, identified by Amos Dolbear, allowed him to create not only a formula of the number of chirps in 15 seconds, plus 37, to get a temperature...

"I thought it was more of the old wives tale, the myth of this is what it is," says Mr. Bohannon.

But also a scientific law: Dolbear's Law to be precise.

Is it accurate? Yes.

Is it convenient? Well...

"I'll still use my KY3 app to see how hot it's gonna be before I get on my bike," Mr. Bohannon says with a laugh.

It's a fun way for you to calculate the temperature next time you're out in your backyard, camping, or out at the lake.

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