WEATHER - WIND CHILL AND MORE...
other winter hazards may be encountered?
are a wide variety of hazards that accompany winter
weather. One of these is “wind chill”. “Wind
chill” is really an index of air temperature that
tells us how quickly heat is lost from skin when exposed
to cold, windy conditions. A wind chill chart may be
found on the website www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/winter/winter.html.
This chart shows us that frostbite can occur rapidly
in high winds and low temperatures - take care when
outside during cold windy days!
Sleet and freezing rain - roadway hazards.
is precipitation that freezes as it is falling through
the air. These ice pellets can accumulate on roadways
and sidewalks creating hazardous walking and driving
conditions. Freezing rain is rain that freezes when
it comes in contact with the ground or other cold surface.
In addition to creating difficult driving conditions,
freezing rain can lead to downed trees and power lines.
Read more about winter precipitation at www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/precip.html.
What is hypothermia?
is a condition where the body’s core temperature
falls dangerously low. This condition can result in
death. Severe hypothermia results when the body’s
temperature falls below 96 degrees. Avoid this condition
by keeping warm and dry during winter outdoor activities.
Remember that even perspiration resulting from shoveling
snow can cause a chill!
can I learn more about winter weather hazards?
more information on winter weather preparedness, check
out “Winter Storms...The Deceptive Killers”
and other publications at http://weather.gov/om/winter/index.shtml.