The subject article,
entitled “the New Summer Simmer Index – a Comfort Index for the New
Millennium” was presented to an international audience at the 80th
annual meeting of the AMS at Long Beach, California, on January 11,
meteorologists and climatologists, the author believes it to be the most
reliable indicator available as to how hot it feels due to the combined
effects of temperature and humidity.
It is derived from continuous research over the past 75 years.
Based on sound scientific and physiological principles relating
to the human thermo-regulatory system, it is written to relate to a dry
environment for general public acceptance.
Importantly, it can be used as a warning of the dangers of heat
exhaustion and heatstroke. Heat stress producing zones, based on
military studies, private research, and norms adopted by he NWS, are
The author compares
various indices developed over the years relating temperature and
humidity, noting the shortfalls of each.
Correcting for these deficiencies, the new Summer Simmer Index is
the only such indicator available in the world today that meets all
requirements for a truly meaningful index.
comfort index?’ But please read on! This
one may be the final word in temperature –humidity indices.
It is scientifically sound and backed by hundreds of individual