Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:05:25 -0500
From: "Emerson, Jessie J" jjemerso[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INGR.COM
Subject: Re: Wind-chill factor
I checked the AP Manual of Style (mine's old--from 1987) and it lists
"wind chill index" no hyphen, also known as "wind chill factor" no
hyphen. Does anyone have a more recent edition?
Now that I think about it, I believe I've also seen "windchill" as one
word in some reports. Any references on that?
OED2 quotes the Clark Univ. dissertation where w-c (not w.c.!) was
1939; "w-c factor" is cited from 1949. I was interested in weather as
child and recall hearing "w-c f" on northern-US weather reports in the
60s. OED has citations from the UK, including one from 1985 when the
began including w-c in weather reports. Maybe plain "w-c" is a
due to frequent use in such reports (though "w-c" alone is already
in the 1939 dissertation where it was coined).