Scientists have a new definition of what it means to be “temperature” in the United States.
The new definition, released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, includes temperature from 0 degrees Celsius (39.6 Fahrenheit) to 39.6 degrees Celsius, the temperature at which a water molecule absorbs heat.
The definition is also intended to help policymakers and scientists better understand how the country’s oceans interact with the atmosphere.
“The goal of this definition is to help guide and facilitate the scientific analysis of climate change and to inform future decisions,” the agency said in a press release.
The word “temper” has been used in the past to mean “temperate,” and to describe a temperature below which the air begins to cool.
The temperature threshold has long been a contentious topic for scientists.
In 2009, for example, the National Academy of Sciences issued a statement that it believed the word “temp” was “inherently misleading,” and that the word could mislead people into thinking that it meant “hot.”
That same year, a U.S. House subcommittee approved a bill that would change the term “temPER” to “temporarily high.”
The bill failed, and NOAA has since stopped using the word.
The agency said it is “reviewing the impact of this new definition on the definition of the word in the federal government.”
The new term, which was first proposed by the American Meteorological Society in 2011, is not a scientific standard and doesn’t affect whether a country’s temperature is above or below a threshold.
But the new definition could help guide policy decisions about what is and is not the correct temperature, according to James E. Trenberth, director of the Atmosphere Science Center at Columbia University.
“What this means is that we will not be able to have a standard that is the temperature of the water,” Trenberger said.
“And that is important for climate change.
It is also important for what is happening in the oceans.”
Trenner said that when he was at NOAA, he didn’t understand the concept of “tempering,” but that as he grew older, he started to understand that the concept had meaning.
“I think this is a way to sort of be a little bit more consistent,” Ternberth said.
The changes could affect how the agency defines temperature, said Kevin Trenberg, a meteorologist at the University of Georgia.
“If it is warmer than 39.5 degrees, then you are going to be at the lower end of that temperature scale,” Tretberg said.
However, if it is cooler than 39 degrees, that is where the ocean will be at that temperature.
“This is very much a first step toward having a standard,” Tannberg said of the new temperature definition.