Actual versus feels like

In the age-old battle of whether weather apps should report actual temperature or feels like temperature, I have always liked the arguments of the feels like crowd. Of course all I really care about is how it feels, that is what I should dress for. Is there any comfort to know that it really is the four degrees celsius I dressed for, rather than the minus five it feels like?

Unfortunately, I have to face the facts: I think I am a actual temperature person.

The main reason is this: I care most about temperature during winter, and mainly around the zero degrees celsius line.

(Interesting thought: might I be in team feels like during summer?)

I want to know: is the ground likely to be frozen, freezing, or thawing. Sure, it feels like plus two, but if it is raining and actually minus two, taking a wrong step outside could cause a lot of unexpected acrobatics. Same thing when there has been snowfall all day turning into sludge at night. Or beautiful dry night-time snow becoming deep puddles covering ice over the course of the day.

Those shifts are not very common events. But when they do happen, I want as much of a clue about them as possible before venturing out and possibly slipping to my death. Additionally, when those events occur, I do not as far as I can think have any other data sources with a chance of warning me.

It was with a slightly heavy heart that I switched my weather app (hi, team Mercury weather!) over to actual temperature. I wanted to feel like feels like, I really did. Sometimes I still need cold, unfeeling raw data.

(Another rabbit hole-type question: Who calculates the feels like anyway, and how do they do it? Do different apps and sources do it in different ways? Is the truth that I am not against feels like, I just have not met the right algorithm yet?)