Converting Fahrenheit and Celsius

There are many different scales by which temperature can be measured.  In weather, we most often use Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Gabriel Daniel, a German physicist, developed the Fahrenheit scale in 1714.  It marks water’s boiling point at 212°F and its freezing point at 32°F.  In 1742, Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer, formulated a new scale intended for scientific use.  It designates the melting point of ice at 0°C and the boiling point of water at 100°C.

Today, most of the world uses the Celsius scale.  In the U.S., however, Fahrenheit is still our official unit of measure for temperature.  To convert between the two scales, use the formulas below.

To convert from Fahrenheit into Celsius: Tc = (5/9)*(Tf-32)

To convert from Celsius into Fahrenheit: Tf = ((9/5)*Tc)+32

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Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.