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Today’s ag report: Crickets

You can estimate the air temperature by using crickets
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 8:59 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Have you heard of nature’s thermometer?

Well, we all have because you hear them chirping all the time in the spring, summer, and fall. Crickets - yes crickets - can be used to estimate the temperature within a few degrees.

To do this, you will probably want to use a stopwatch or a phone.

The simplest way to estimate the temperature is to count the number of chirps that you hear from a cricket in 15 seconds and then add 40.

So, if you hear 30 chips in 15 seconds, the estimated temperature is 70º. Typically, there are different breeds of crickets that will chirp in temperatures from 55º to 100º, according to the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska.

Crickets will chirp to attract a mate, warn others and simply communicate. It is worth noting that the chirp rate is also affected by their age, mating success, and hunger.

Go ahead and go try it for yourself! If you have any questions feel free to drop us a line at news@kwqc.com

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