Life is pretty amazing, isn’t it?
On any given day in May, June, July, August, September or October the ambient air temperature can be 98 °F or greater in Mississippi.
Take a look at these 48 data points. Consider different pairs of monthly high & low records: -5 & 85 (Jan.); 54 & 107 (August). There are 80 and 53 degrees difference, respectively, between those two sets.
I can tell the difference between -5 and 85. Heck. I can tell the difference between 92 °F and 107 °F, can’t you? I cannot tell the difference when the air is 92 versus when the air is 87– a difference of 5 whole degrees Fahrenheit. Can you?
Think how remarkable it is, then, that we– you and I– know something is amiss when our body temperature is not 98.6 but 99.6– or worse yet, 100.4! 1.8 degrees and we know things are not ‘normal’.
What’s my point?
Homeostasis is cool err …hot err … neet.