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jennyberki

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands.
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands.

    Noticed that in some old books, a cold spell is referred to as so many "degrees of frost". What does this mean - is it degrees Fahrenheit below freezing? So 20 degrees of frost would be a temperature of (32 - 20) = 12 degrees Fahrenheit?

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  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent
  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent
    Noticed that in some old books, a cold spell is referred to as so many "degrees of frost". What does this mean - is it degrees Fahrenheit below freezing? So 20 degrees of frost would be a temperature of (32 - 20) = 12 degrees Fahrenheit?

    Yep, that's about it Jenny. Mostly only used by Americans these days, as they're about the only people still using Farenheit.

    Dave

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands.
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands.

    Thanks Davehsug.

    I like the term - it sounds a lot more impressive than "minus three" or whatever! I read an article about Lake Windermere freezing over in the late 19th century and it was used in there.

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