Air temperature

What is air temperature?

Air temperature is simply the temperature of the outside air.

Why is air temperature important for water testing?

Measuring environmental variables, like air temperature, help us understand the context of our other observations.

What does a measurement mean?

Tracking air temperature throughout the year alongside the water temperature can be a fun way to compare other observations with seasonal changes.

Water Rangers Protocol

Make sure the thermometer is out of direct sunlight for at least 5 minutes. Do not hang the thermometer around your neck while measuring because your body temperature will affect the reading. Pro Tip: hang your thermometer from a tree! That way it’s out of direct sunlight and away from your hot body.