On 'Weather and human mortality'

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The article presents comments of the author on the article "Weather and Human Morality," by L.S. Kalkstein and R.E. Davis. According to the author, Kalkstein and Davis provide a very useful and interesting study on the effect of weather on human mortality, examining both the seasonal and regional variations. Their research admittedly provides a novel approach to evaluating the impact of weather on mortality by taking into account many daily weather variables such as temperature, dew point, visibility, wind speed, mean cloud cover, time factor, cooling degree hours in summer and heating degree hours in winter. But most of these variables and others, such as precipitation and pressure, were also included in an earlier research by D.M. Driscoll, albeit applied with less statistical vigor. In addition to that, the article presents information on various other developments.

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Rao, M.N. (1990). On 'Weather and human mortality'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers,80(2), 295-297. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8306.1990.tb00294.x