Hi Missy,
"percent change" is
100 * amount of change / initial value, or
100 * (initial value  final value) / initial value
We could say, therefore, that the percent change (in °F or Fahrenheit) is
100 * (15  30) / 15 = 100 * (15 + 30) / 15 = 100 * 15 / 15 = 100
The change is 100%; that is, a decrease of 100% (because the  sign means "decrease").
This answer is fine, but not the best one. There is a big problem using Fahrenheit for calculating % change ... suppose that it was a bit warmer at the arctic that day, and instead if changing from 15 to 30°F, it changed from 0 to 15°F. We calculate
%change as
100 * (0  15) / 0
Oh no  division by 0 is not allowed ! We cannot give any answer. Therefore, it is better to use an "absolute" temperature scale to calculate %change. An absolute temperature scale is a scale where the coldest anything could ever be is 0. One such scale
is the Rankine (R). The relationship between R and °F is
R = °F + 459.67
We need to convert 15°F and 30°F to R, and then calculate 100 * (initial value  final value) / initial value.
I'll let you do that ! But I give you a hint  the answer is very different from the 100% we got above.
Jun 8

Peter H.