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The Temperature “In the Shade”

May 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Click here to listen to episode 074 of Weather Break

In the summer, you’ll often hear TV meteorologists refer to the temperature “in the shade”.  Official measurements of temperature ARE taken in the shade, usually in a so-called “Stevenson Shelter”.  In today’s episode of Weather Break, Dr. Jon Schrage explains why.


Here is a link to page about Stevenson Shelters from the National Weather Service Office in San Francisco.  Before reading this page, I didn’t know that (a) another name for these shelters is a “cotton region shelter”.  I also didn’t realize that Thomas Stevenson, the man who designed these shelters, was the father of Robert Louis Stevenson, the author.

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