In a recent letter about cold that compared current Southcentral Alaska winter temperatures to those in the 1950s and 1960s, which were much colder, I inadvertently diminished the critical importance of the wind chill factor in weather forecasting and reporting. I was reminded of that in a friendly but pointed email from meteorologist Jackie Purcell (KTUU Channel 2).
She noted that for some northern communities, an awareness of chill factors is critical to human safety. To Purcell and all in Alaska’s weather forecasting community, I apologize for downplaying the critical nature of wind chill.
— Frank Baker
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