Calling armchair meteorologists: What should Denver call that thing when it’s 40 degrees but feels like 60?

This idea is fully baked.

Cheesman Park on a lovely winter day, March 3, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Cheesman Park on a lovely winter day, March 3, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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It’s fake spring again.

Before actual spring hits us, there are always those Denver days when the sun comes up and stays up, and even though it’s technically 44 degrees outside, the people are wearing cutoffs and the people are sitting on patios and the people are drinking margaritas.

Yes, some of Denver’s winter days are actually 70 degrees. But some just feel like it. Why don’t we have a name for that weather phenomenon?

When it’s unusually cold, They use wind chill to tell us how we will feel because it’s more useful than telling us how we’re supposed to feel. When it’s unusually warm, They expect us to just throw on some shorts, shovel some snow, and be happy about it?

Nonsense. We will invent the weather gauge Denver deserves. But we need your help naming it and maybe creating an algorithm or something.

(Also, before you get mad, yes, there’s the heat index, but that measures how humidity makes it hotter. It’s not humid here.)

What we know, thanks to WeatherNation meteorologist Chris Bianchi, who has agreed to help Denverite with this very important, fully thought-out project:

A formula to measure this phenomenon will include the sun’s angle, wind direction, humidity, temperature, cloud cover, the season and any snow on the ground.

“I think it’s really interesting, and I think it’s a concept that could be done,” said Bianchi, who is about to be even more famous than he already is once this thing hits the meteorologist conference. “The wind chill is actually quite a remarkable feat because it’s taking a subjective thing in terms of what the actual air temperature feels like to the average person and creates a number for that.”

Sure, that sounds like something we can pull off — with your help. Give us your best idea for what to call this thing in the form below (dumb ideas so far include “sunwarm” and “litrate.” Then let us know if you can help code an algorithm for it. Chris can cover the scientific values, but we need to create a formula that we can plug those values into. So drop us a line if that’s a world you know about.

In warmth, Denverite and Chris.

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