Weatherman generally annoy me with their “Wind Chill Factor” reports. The wind chill factor can turn a 30-degree day into a scary 20 degree freezing cold. Actually, it is still 30 degrees with just a little wind. If you are facing the wind, the temperature feels like 20 degrees on your exposed skin. This is clearly nowhere near the same as an actual temperature of 20 degrees.
The wind chill is really only meaningful to warn people about the chance of frostbite.
“It is 35 degrees out there today, but with the wind, it feels like 25.”
No it doesn’t, it feels like 35 with a slight wind. My car engine will feel like it is 35 degrees. My body will feel like it is 35 degrees except for my bare hands, and I can put them in my pocket. If my face feels cold, I can turn out of the wind.
But this week:
When they say the wind chill is -10 or -20 or -30 or more…STAY INDOORS, it is friggin COLD!!
Frostbite is nothing to fool with, and that kind of cold will mess you up in minutes. Cars don’t start, pipes freeze and people die.
I’m glad Jersey is just cold, not quite dangerous cold, of course we are not as prepared for it as those extra cold weather states, but this cold can not be ignored no matter how prepared you may be.
Stay safe people, warm weather is around the corner.