Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 13:48:14 -0400

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: Wind-chill factor

At 12:05 PM 8/21/97 -0500, you ("Emerson, Jessie J" jjemerso[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INGR.COM ) wrote:

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's entry is "wind-chill factor," but it lists citations of wc "index"

too. (Cp. "heat index" [heat + humidity], which has just come into use in

weather reports in the last several years, I recently read in a newspaper


OED2 has usage citations spelled "wind-chill" and "wind chill," but none as

"windchill." No entries are later than 1985. [My "(not w.c.)" comment was a

(very small) joke.]

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]