As the end of the year approaches, we will likely see our temperatures drop to stay in the below freezing range. In cold weather like this, it’s important to bundle up and wear appropriate clothing to protect against things like hypothermia and frost bite. Another important factor to consider before deciding what to wear outside is wind chill. This is especially important here in the Red River Valley where the wind always seems to be blowing.
The chart above shows wind chill values for different temperatures and wind speeds, with colors denoting approximate frost bite times. With temperature in the teens, it will take over thirty minutes to get frostbite on exposed skin. However, when temperatures get into those -20s, even a 10 – 15 mph wind will drop that time down to under ten minutes.
Wind chill is important factor to check in the winter before venturing out of your home each morning. This winter be sure to bundle up, and wear gloves and warm boots to try to prevent frostbite. On those really cold days, try to stay indoors and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate instead of venturing outside. Your fingers and toes will thank you for it!