As the nights lengthen and cool, it seems that the night music of crickets becomes more noticeable to my ears. Maybe the fact that it won’t be too long before the cold of winter silences them heightens my awareness of those warm season sights and sounds that will soon go dormant for the winter.

Hearing the evening cricket chorus last evening, and how most were chirping at the same rhythm, I was reminded that there is a formula for determining the temperature by counting cricket chirps. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, you can convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit by counting the number of chirps in 14 seconds, then add the number 40 to get the temperature. For example, you count 30 chirps in 14 seconds, add 40, and it is 70F. Happy chirp counting!

~ Ranger Dave Van Manen