A backyard ski hill comes in very handy when temperatures drop below zero in the Adirondacks.
The National Weather Services has issued a wind chill warning for the Adirondacks tonight through Wednesday evening, January 23. You can it at the bottom of this post if you want the details, but suffice it to say, baby it is cold outside.
This kind of cold makes it a little more challenging to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Adirondack winter outdoor activities, but it can be done. Like many outdoor enthusiasts I suffered my share of frostbitten cheeks, fingers, toes, and ears over the years. Older and wiser, I try to abide sensible cold weather precautions. For example, the United States CDC offers this great resource on dealing with the cold, “EXTREME COLD - A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety. I like the EXTREME part, and this guide tells you how long you can play outside before you freeze off a body part or freeze to death. The answer - not long when the wind chill is 24 below.
An Adirondack word to the wise then for the coming days: take your outdoor play time in short doses, preferably close to a wood stove and a hot toddy(ies).
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY. * LOCATIONS...THE ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY AND NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS OF NEW YORK. * HAZARD TYPES...DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL READINGS. * WIND CHILL READINGS...30 TO 35 BELOW TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES AND NORTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH THROUGH MUCH OF THE PERIOD. WIND CHILL READINGS WILL RANGE FROM 20 TO 30 BELOW DURING THE LATE MORNING THROUGH AFTERNOON HOURS WEDNESDAY. * IMPACTS...ENHANCED THREAT OF FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. FOR THOSE VENTURING OUT...WEAR A WARM COAT...GLOVES AND COVER YOUR HEAD TO PROTECT AGAINST FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. LIMIT AREAS OF EXPOSED SKIN. DRESSING IN LAYERS CAN ALSO HELP PROTECT YOU AGAINST THE COLD. LIMIT TIME OUTDOORS IF POSSIBLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.