Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Wind chill and heat index never have made much sense to me.
The idea with wind chill is that you lose more heat when the wind is blowing than when it it's not. The problem is that there's no way to correlate the two. If you generated wind chill tables based on Person A wearing one set of clothes, that would be different from Person B wearing a different set. So all it really tells you is that "cold and windy" feels colder than just "cold". And you don't need a table to know that.
As best I can tell, the sole reason for the existence of wind chill and heat index is that it sounds more impressive on the news. That's why you never hear them say, "It's going to be 75 today, but the wind will make it feel like 70" or "It will be 75 today, but the heat index will make it feel like 70" or "It will be 100 degrees today, but the wind chill will be 85".
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