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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Baby It’s Cold Outside

 Baby It’s Cold Outside

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.


  1. Not sure what UK temperateness are but it feels VERY COLD. Some areas have snow but the Midlands (where I am) is surviving a heavy frost. I dread the bills coming in!

  2. We are on the tail end of it now. My car said -4 the past two mornings. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between -4 and 20 degrees. Both suck!

  3. We had 2.5 inches of surprise snow on Wednesday night. Then sleet last night. At least the single digit temps are climbing into the 50s today, and then 60s for the weekend. That's crazy!

  4. Those negative degrees get my attention. I know when it is 20 degrees and I am properly dressed, I am comfortable. Add a 20 mile an hour wind and I am a pure baby. What a difference. Can't imagine what negative 50 degrees must feel like.
    Stay warm and inside. Cabin fever will go away.

  5. I can't imagine being that cold. Our cold is apparently spring weather to many. I'll take it.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Joe. 😎

  6. Easterners can't see the corner (which you say is just around) for the snow!!

  7. Sometimes I wonder how I survived to adulthood. Growing up in Northern Michigan, below-zero temps happened a few times every winter, and they never closed the schools for cold, only snow. I vividly remember waiting for the bus one morning when it was -20F (which in Celsius is still colder than hell), and the lady whose house was by the bus stop let us wait in her (unheated) garage. We were well familiar with how to keep ourselves warm when the temps got cold, and none of us died.

    I wanna say to the news people, It's COLD out; REALLY cold. Be careful, but my gosh, the world isn't coming to an end. Just use common sense, and be careful!

    As an aside, last night, our very curious 5yo grandson shut off the thermostat (a box on the wall with buttons!), unbeknownst to anyone. It was 43F in the house when I got up this morning. . .

  8. Weather guessers annoy us with the "heat index." We live in a swamp, we know it's awfully hot!

  9. It's been in the minus double digits here all week.

  10. When I hear wind chill I usually feel as cold as they say the wind makes it. I'm weird.

  11. There's a reason I've spent most of my life in the south, and those brutal temp's are one of them! I thought the biggest story is that many of those places would be in the 40's by this weekend....a heat wave.

  12. It was brutally cold all week here, too. We had the windows open and when it got down to 69º inside the house, I started shivering and had to put a sweatshirt on.


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