International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 311–321 | Cite as

The calculation from weather records of the requirement for clothing insulation

  • L. E. Mount
  • D. Brown


Standard meteorological measurements of dry bulb temperature, wind speed, sunshine, cloud cover and rainfall are used to calculate the clothing insulation required by man for thermal comfort under given weather conditions. The calculation is based on earlier work on the effect of weather on sensible (non-evaporative) heat loss from sheep, which used the relation between heat flow, thermal insulation and the difference between body and environmental temperatures.

Clothing insulation for man is estimated in two ways: as clothing (Ic) that is impervious to the effects of wind and rain; and as the equivalent depth of sheep fleece (fm), which is not impervious. This allows the assessment of wind chill for a range of clothing of varied penetration by wind instead of for only one type of garment.

Results are given as daily means calculated from hourly measurements throughout 1973 for Plymouth (on the south coast of Britain) and Aberdeen (on the far northeast coast of Britain). Wind chill is estimated both by its effect on fm requirement and by the fall in air temperature that would be needed to produce under still-air conditions the same demand for fm that occurs in the actual environment. The monthly mean fm requirement is reduced by about 40% when the effect of wind is removed. When wind chill is estimated as an equivalent fall in air temperature it approximates to 1 K per knot wind speed measured at the standard meteorological height of 10 m.


Wind Speed Cloud Cover Thermal Insulation Thermal Comfort Actual Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Mount
    • 1
  • D. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Climatic Research UnitUniversity of East AngliaNorwichGreat Britain
  2. 2.A.F.R.C. Statistics Group, Department of Applied BiologyUniversity of CambridgeGreat Britain

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