I Love You. I Hate Your Thermometer

It’s not that I mind getting the home observations. It’s that I don’t want to disappoint you but saying you’re wrong.

We hit 103&#176 at Hartford, Windsor Locks (Bradley Airport) and Bridgeport on Friday. That’s a crazy number. It ties the all time Bridgeport record while breaking the record at Windsor Locks.

103&#176 should be enough to keep everyone happy. It is not!

Any day of extremes finds me inundated with extra extreme readings from viewers!

One Facebook friend posted her 110&#176 from a beachside town near New Haven. I’m guessing she read 12-15 degrees hotter than the actual temperature at the time.

I don’t mean to pick on that one person. Like I said, “inundated.”

She wasn’t exaggerating. That’s what her thermometer said. It was wrong!

This becomes a real problem because the last thing I want to do is diss people. On the other hand my info has got to be reasonably accurate to be useful.

On TV we show “air temperature.” That means the thermometer has to be affected only by air and not its surroundings. “Official” readings are taken away from buildings and over grassy surfaces. The thermometer is in a white louvered housing so sunlight is reflected away and ambient air passes through.

It’s not that I mind getting the home observations. It’s that I don’t want to disappoint you by saying you’re wrong.