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March 17th, 2009
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Wind chill factor

It's cold in the dungeon where they keep the transport monitoring team. Cold enough that I've usually wear a pashmina at my desk, and have seriously considered bringing in fingerless gloves.  To find out how cold, I brought in a cheap digital clock/calendar/thermometer thingy of dubious accuracy, and it's been reading a consistent 22.2 +/- 0.2 C, except when the disco backlight is turned on when it rockets up to 30-something.  I suspected that it's measuring the temperature caused by it's own internal resistance. This is one high class piece of equipment, I can tell you. 

To confirm my suspicions, I bought a small spirit thermometer, which has, surprise, surprise, been reading 21+/-1 C. This should be a comfortable temperature, but I'm still wearing my pashmina and my hands are cold ( its not just me - my colleagues are complaining too.)so either I have two inaccurate thermometers or something else is going on. 
I think  it might be the air-con creating enough of a breeze for it to be uncomfortable, and I need someone to persuade me not to spend ~$100 on a hobby weather station for the office.

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From:sarahdotcom
Date:March 17th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
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Office temperatures are weird like that. I've never had an office I didn't feel cold in.
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From:pixie_nz
Date:March 17th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
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Want to swap jobs? I'm constantly hot at my work and our air con doesn't work properly. I'll be sweating like a pig and all the other girls will be fine. In winter they crank up the heater to 28 degrees *dies*
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From:madshutterbug
Date:March 17th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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Yes, 21 +/- should be comfortable. 20 is darkroom temperature for prime black & white work, and fairly close for colour as well (if one were doing chemist darkroom these days). Rather than spending that $100 (whether NZ or US or AU that's quite a chunk), you might check out a spirit thermometer from a photography place which does supply darkroom equipment & chemistry. Shouldn't cost anywhere near as much, and should be accurate.
From:siliconshaman
Date:March 17th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
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Two possibilities:
1] wind chill factor, as you noted, leading it to feel colder.
2] I presume as you call it a dungeon, it's a basement level. It could be the walls and air are damp, leading it to feel colder.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 17th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Not quite - we're on the 3rd level (sort of) of the building. This is just the lowest level that is occupied by the Ministry. This floor does feel colder than the highter floors though. I'm still betting on wind chill.
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