weather hype- the wind chill factor

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    The weather channel loves the wind chill factor because they get to post incredible temperatures and presumably get more viewers. I've seen weather channel maps on cold winter days with incredible low temperatures and I had to look twice to see that the temperatures weren't real, they were factored. Weather experts can't even agree about the WCF formula. It's based on how "normal" people feel the wind on bare skin. Anybody will tell you that there isn't much bare skin on cold winter days and most people turn their faces away from the wind or, gasp, get out of the wind. The wind isn't always blowing nor does it blow at the same speed but the weather experts take the highest recorded velocity and post that number. The WCF numbers are notoriously inaccurate but they are fun so that's what we get.
     
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    {{{Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr}}}
     
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    Umm this thread is hype.
     
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    Why don't they report wind chill temps during the summer.
    i.e. it's 90, but with the wind it feels like 80.
     
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    Well i'll tell ya what.....those wind chills here in Michigan this week are CHILLY! Lol!
    Where i am, the temp was -2 this morning with a wind chill of 15 below! In the upper peninsula their wind chill was down to almost 40 below~! Gosh but i hate winter!!!
     
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    So is the agw hypothesis.
     
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    They ought to report the sun factor in the winter. Maybe that faint glow in the sky doesn't feel like much in Fargo but when it gets cold south of the Mason Dixon line on a sunny day that sun sure feels good.
     
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    Not really. They do it. Especially during hurricanes. They report some super high gust of wind at 30,000 as the storm's windspeed because sounds worse.
     
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    Because they use the rate at which exposed flesh freezes, wind chill factor numbers are far closer to reality to the "heat index" crap that meteorologists peddle in the summer, to try and tell you that 90° @ 55% humidity "feels like" 110°.

    I've been in 110° in Phoenix (among other places) and 95° w/55% in San Antonio (among other places), and I'm here to tell you they feel nothing alike.
     
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    i left boston one afternoon when it was high 80's with matching humidity and got off the plane at phoenix where it was 108.

    it felt much better
     

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