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Wind Chills in the Forecast

Most of December has been seasonably mild. As of Monday, the average monthly temperature sat at 32.8°, which is exactly six degrees above normal! However, the last two days of this month will shave a little off that average with temperatures expected to be well below normal. Making matters worse is the wind, which makes a cold day feel even more uncomfortable. That's because wind drives heat away from exposed skin faster than calm air. Strong winds along with cold temps create dangerous weather conditions. That's why we talk about wind chill factors on cold days to help people understand the risk they face with prolonged exposure to the cold. Exposed skin is at risk of frostbite. Frostbite is the freezing of skin and underlying tissues and can cause permanent damage. The lower the wind chill temperature, the faster frostbite or hypothermia can occur. Hypothermia is a very dangerous medical condition in which body temperature drops and death can follow. Take a look our wind chill chart and click on the link to use the calculator and see the increasing dangers as temperature drops and wind speed increases.

Temperature (°F)
Calm 4035302520151050-5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40
  5 mph  36 31 25 19 13 7 1 -5 -11 -16 -22 -28 -34 -40 -46 -52 -57
  10 mph  34 27 21 15 9 3 -4 -10 -16 -22 -28 -35 -41 -47 -53 -59 -66
  15 mph  32 25 19 13 6 0 -7 -13 -19 -26 -32 -39 -45 -51 -58 -64 -71
  20 mph  30 24 17 11 4 -2 -9 -15 -22 -29 -35 -42 -48 -55 -61 -68 -74
  25 mph  29 23 16 9 3 -4 -11 -17 -24 -31 -37 -44 -51 -58 -64 -71 -78
Wind 30 mph  28 22 15 8 1 -5 -12 -19 -26 -33 -39 -46 -53 -60 -67 -73 -80
(mph) 35 mph  28 21 14 7 0 -7 -14 -21 -27 -34 -41 -48 -55 -62 -69 -76 -82
  40 mph  27 20 13 6 -1 -8 -15 -22 -29 -36 -43 -50 -57 -64 -71 -78 -84
  45 mph  26 19 12 5 -2 -9 -16 -23 -30 -37 -44 -51 -58 -65 -72 -79 -86
  50 mph  26 19 12 4 -3 -10 -17 -24 -31 -38 -45 -52 -60 -67 -74 -81 -88
  55 mph  25 18 11 4 -3 -11 -18 -25 -32 -39 -46 -54 -61 -68 -75 Share this article: