18. Suppose that one winter day Toronto and New York are, on average, equally cold. Furthermore, TV meteorologists in both cities announce identical numbers for the day’s average temperature. What was the temperature?
Answer to Canada Quiz #18
Minus forty degrees.
Canada began switching from the use of imperial weights and measures to the metric system in the early 1970s, and has been measuring temperature by the Celsius scale since 1975.
So Toronto weather reporters report temperatures in Celsius while New York meteorologists use Fahrenheit. There is only one temperature that is the same number of degrees in both scales and it can be determined by applying some algebra to the conversion formula, F = (9/5)C + 32. The scales converge at -40.