What is Wind Chill Temperature?
It is the temperature it "feels like" outside and is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold.
As the wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop. Wind Chill does not impact inanimate objects like car radiators and exposed water pipes, because these objects cannot cool below the actual air
What does this mean to me?
The NWS will inform you when Wind Chill conditions reach critical
thresholds. A Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chill temperatures
are life threatening. A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill
temperatures are potentially hazardous.
What is Frostbite?
Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing body tissue. The most
susceptible parts of the body are the extremities such as fingers, toes, ear
lobes, or the tip of the nose Symptoms include a loss of feeling in the
extremity and a white or pale appearance. Medical attention is needed
immediately for frostbite. The area should be SLOWLY re-warmed.
What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is abnormally low body temperature (below 95 degrees
Fahrenheit). Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss,
disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent
exhaustion. Medical attention is needed immediately. If it is not available,
begin warming the body SLOWLY.
Tips on how to dress during cold weather.
>Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air
between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly
woven, water repellent, and hooded.
>Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from your head.
>Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
> Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
>Try to stay dry and out of the wind.