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Wind Chill

Experiment #28 from Earth Science with Vernier


A nice breeze can cool you down on a hot day or send a chill through you on a day that is already cold because wind carries heat away from your body. This phenomenon is called wind chill. The wind chill temperature (sometimes called the wind chill factor) is the temperature you feel based on both the actual temperature and the wind speed.

While wind chill is a commonly reported measurement in weather forecasts in the winter, it is somewhat problematic. One of the primary issues with measuring wind chill is that we lack a global standard for how to determine the value. Another concern is that wind chill calculations do not account for factors such as relative humidity and solar radiation. Despite these issues, wind chill is still widely used and included in weather forecasts because, historically, the purpose of a wind chill index was to provide an indicator of the potential of getting frostbite.

In this experiment, the effect of wind on the temperature of a warm body will be measured and analyzed. A temperature probe will measure the temperature of warm water in a flask that represents a human body. A second temperature probe will measure the actual temperature of the air. There will be no wind in Part I, whereas wind will be generated by a fan in Part II.


  • Use a temperature probe to measure the effect of wind on the temperature of a warm body.
  • Use a temperature probe to measure the effect of wind on the temperature of the air.
  • Interpret your results.

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