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Rename discomfort index — This summer you have a chance to “do something about,” not the weather, but the combination of heat and humidity that often makes so many persons so uncomfortable. The Weather Bureau in June started experimentally … publishing for the summer what it then called the “Discomfort Index.” The immediate results were cries of outraged indignity from citizens who thought their particular home towns were being maligned when the Discomfort Index hit high numbers. So the Weather Bureau changed the name to “Temperature-Humidity Index.” However, many ... find this a long and difficult-to-handle name. Therefore, the Weather Bureau is welcoming suggested new names....

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