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Weather Wise: Wind Chill Woes

Current wind chills across the state at best could give you frostbite in less than a half hour, at worst, the current wind chills could be deadly. In this week’s Weather Wise, the wind chill factor is more a measurement of heat loss our body experiences when exposed to the wind than a temperature reading.

The colder the wind chill, the more dangerous. The human body gives off a layer of heat that protects skin from cold temperatures. 

Wind will blow this protective bubble away, removing our natural defense to the cold.

The wind chill factor is the temperature our bodies will feel when skin is exposed to the cold temperature and wind. The stronger the wind, the more heat lost from your body, and the colder it will feel.  

In conditions like these, staying inside if you can is the best course of action.

Curtis Grevenitz

Curtis Grevenitz

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