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This article is part of Wikitravel:Climate Expedition and is linked to by the units displayed in Template:Climate to help folks understand such basic units of measure if they are foreign to them. Example: help travelers from regions where Metric units are the norm read daily temperature and rainfall in Fahrenheit and inches, the Imperial units used in Wikitravel pages about USA locations. --Rogerhc 02:37, 1 June 2007 (EDT)

cm vs mm[edit]

I have noticed that in the climate boxes, the metric unit for rainfall is in cm, but mm is in more common usage throughout the world (and many of the weather websites too. Should we change from cm to mm? chinzh 07:25, 31 December 2008 (EST)

I noticed this today too. I just assumed it was mm, till I saw cm was used later on. I have never seen cm used in my whole life, so I suggest we change it to mm. --globe-trotter 15:29, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
The same discussion showed up a while ago at Wikitravel talk:Measurements#mm vs. cm for precipitation. I think everyone's in agreement that it should change, but no one's buckled down to make the changes yet (and the ongoing slow speed of the site discourages me from trying). There are roughly 200 pages that link to Template:Climate, with a few more for its Celsius and Fahrenheit variants. — D. Guillaime 16:28, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
I've been working on it now. Goes relatively easy, except for the slow site. But can I ask why there are different ClimateCelsius and ClimateFahrenheit templates? --globe-trotter 17:47, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
Done. Now all are displayed in mm. I also suggest we get rid of the other Climate templates? Three of them is a bit many, while the Template:Climate does the job fine (except it'd be nice if both metric and imperial units could be shown). --globe-trotter 20:50, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
Like so much else at WT, it makes no sense having 3 different climate templates. One would be great. It will probably require a long, spirit-sapping debate to get rid of the other 3 though. Well done on making the cm->mm changes. --burmesedays 21:31, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
Thanks for handling that! The site's been all but unusable for me lately, if I'd tried I'd still be waiting for pages to load.
My understanding is that Template:Climate was meant to supersede the C and F variants. The pages that continue to use them are probably operating under the "it's not broken yet" philosophy, but I don't see any reason they couldn't be trivially reformatted to use Template:Climate as well. — D. Guillaime 01:42, 5 September 2011 (EDT)
No articles use Template:ClimateCelsius or Template:ClimateFahrenheit anymore, I have updated them all to use Template:Climate. The first two could be safely deleted, but I wouldn't know how such a process would take place. --globe-trotter 04:31, 5 September 2011 (EDT)

Outdated status[edit]

I don't think that this is an outline, but it could benefit with U.S. measurements. --CurvyEthyl 20:10, 27 September 2010 (EDT)

What do you mean by "U.S. measurements"? The entire article is about converting between Imperial units (used in the U.S.) and metric. LtPowers 10:44, 28 September 2010 (EDT)
I think the user means that there are some small differences between the UK Imperial system and the U.S. standard system (see [1]). I don't think this is a real issue though. --globe-trotter 04:38, 5 September 2011 (EDT)