The other artificiality is that the start of the calendar defines a different season on the other side of the world.
I fail to understand why they do it, unless they really are trying to migrate everybody else to their agenda. I have noticed it every season for the last year or so: they come on and (last year) say something like "today is the first day of Spring". I complained about it to the BBC and the Met.Office, and now they say "today is the first day of meteorological Spring", when really I want them to shut up about it (why say anything at all?) and save it for 21st March (not that I believe I was the reason for the change).I suppose they call it the first day of Autumn in Oz. Or perhaps they are not as stupid as our BBC met men.
Of course it's twice as hot. 20 is twice 10.how the temperature is twice the normal February average
Yes, on an absolute thermodynamic scale of temperature (which Kelvin is) as opposed to scales based on the assumption a liquid expands linearly with temperature (Fahrenheit, Celsius).Something I don't know: Does an increase of 1K mean the same increase in energy no matter where on the scale that it happens, ie near absolute zero or the freezing or boiling point of water etc?
Still is. Bear in mind the "calorie" referred to in food is actually a kilo-calorie.when I was at school a long time ago , one calorie was the amount of energy required to raise 1gm of water through 1 degree C (K).
Been there! Pure research looks into whether something is viable or not. Either result is the right result. You can only get one or two publications from showing something doesn't work. But when the research funding depends on it., the only "right" result is the one that attracts more money (and more publications). Never was very good at spinning a load of and pretending it was gold. Perhaps that's why I never got very far in academia.There is generally just the one motive - money. They get headlines, interest, kudos, advertising revenue, stay in business / pay the bosses more.
No mystery required