Winter’s Worst: Dangerous wind conditions

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With the arrival of winter weather, comes the nasty winter wind. Wind is not only chilly, it can be dangerous.

You know the old saying, in the summer it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Well, in the winter, it’s not the cold, it’s the wind! A windy winter day can range from annoying to downright dangerous. For folks who make their living outside, wind not only factors into their comfort, it factors into their safety.

“Wind brings challenges that a calm day wouldn’t bring. You try not to get into too much on windy days.  Wind is always on your mind when you’re working, especially in trees. We have enough obstacles to work around as it is.  Wind just brings another one.” Dave Murphy, Western Mass. Tree Care

Dead and hanging branches are most vulnerable to wind gusts in the winter months. Now is a good time to get them checked out by an arborist.

There is some science behind the discomfort you feel on a windy day. Wind chill is the combination of actual air temperature and wind and what it feels like on you skin. The wind chill blows the warmth away from your body, especially exposed skin, which can lead to frost nip and frost bite.

“Frostbite is actually where the tissue freezes, there is actual freezing in frost bite.  Frost nip is where the tissue gets cold.  Frost bite is where it freezes.” Dr Gerald Beltran, Baystate Health

When you feel numbness or tingling in the cold, the best treatment is to slowly rewarm the affected areas. Keep in mind that frost bite can cause permanent tissue damage.

Staying comfortable in windy weather isn’t too complicated, it’s all about putting as many layers between you and the wind as possible. Polyester fleece and wool work best, and don’t forget a nice warm hat and a pair of wool gloves, and I’m good to go.

Preparation helps, too. Humans don’t hibernate! So always check the 22News Storm Team Forecast on, the WWLP News App and the WWLP Weather App before you head out into winter’s worst, and stay warm and safe.

Winter’s Worst

The 22News Storm Team will help you prepare for winter’s worst weather:

  • 3 tips to prepare for snow
    22News Storm Team Meteorologist Kelly Reardon explores some of the greatest inconveniences with falling white flakes, and how to overcome them.

  • Dangerous and damaging ice
    22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko takes a look at ice, one of the worst kinds of weather to have to deal with during the winter.

  • Prepare for brutal cold
    22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin explains the brutal cold coming this season to prepare you for winter’s worst weather.

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