Why are we still reporting on the “wind chill”?

070209 Sci WindChillTN Why are we still reporting on the wind chill?

Wind chill dropped as low as 52 below zero in parts of the Midwest on Thursday, with similar conditions expected for early Friday. Meanwhile, parts of northern Texas may be hit with a wind chill of between minus-1 and minus-9 degrees—the coldest local weather in 12 years. In this column, first published in 2007 and reprinted last winter, Daniel Engber explains that “wind chill” is little more than shameless puffery.

via Why are we still reporting on the “wind chill”? – By Daniel Engber – Slate Magazine.

I’ve often wondered what the science was behind windchill calculations.  Turns out that there isn’t much science behind it at all.

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