Well, I have received about 6 replies on this question. It seems like the "official" way of determining average temperature is simply to take the mean of high and low temp. of the day (or mid-range).
Thanks for your replies.
Tad Watanabe Towson State University Towson, Maryland
On Tue, 9 May 1995, Dr. Susan Addington wrote:
> Someone answered a while ago that the average daily temperature > is the average of 24 hourly temperatures. This may be how it > is calculated, but it isn't quite right. > > Suppose you are in a new building with state-of-the-art > heating and cooling controlled by a computer. Because the > bugs aren't out of the system yet, your office is heated to 90 degrees > all the time except just before the hour, when the air conditioning > kicks in and reduces the temperature to 50 degrees just in time > for the hour to strike. Then the office is rapidly heated back to 90 > degrees. > > Suppose you measure the temperature on the hour for your > average temperature. Will this give you a reasonable average > daily temperature? Why? What would be a better way? > Have I given enough information to really compute the average > temperature? > > (Hint: the best average temperature calculation uses ideas > from calculus.) > > Susan Addington (firstname.lastname@example.org) > Math Department, California State University > San Bernardino, CA 92407 > World Wide Web: http://www.math.csusb.edu/ > > > On Tue, 9 May 1995, Ronald A Ward wrote: > > > In Bellingham, WA the temperature remains a constant 20 degrees Celsius all > > day and night, 365 days per year, so the calculation of the average is > > quite simple. :) > > > > Guess Who? > > > > On Thu, 4 May 1995, Tad Watanabe wrote: > > > > > > > > Could someone tell me how the average daily temperature is calculated? > > > > > > Thanks. > > > > > > Tad Watanabe > > > Towson State University > > > Towson, Maryland > > > > > > > > >