An evaluation of several wet bulb globe temperature algorithms at Dugway Proving Ground
Hunter and Minyard (1999) developed an algorithm to compute the WBGT using standard meteorological variables at the Savannah River Site located in southern South Carolina. An evaluation of the Hunter and Minyard algorithm found that the equations developed for the southeastern U.S. are not directly applicable to the western deserts. Using data from several years of WBGT measurements at DPG, multiple linear regression is used to generate a set of predictor equations for the WBGT. Additional data from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico is incorporated to improve the predictor equations. While the linear regression developed at DPG predicts well across a full range of temperatures, it does not achieve the operationally required level of accuracy for the critical high-temperature range.