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    Where I work it got down to minus 72 wind chill today. That is cold, even for a life long Minnesotan like me.

    I will admit to being an idiot since I haven't worn a jacket in years. My rationale is that in weather like this I am either parked in a garage, ramp, or just walking from a parking lot to a business.

    Well last night, I drove down to a remote site and on my drive around I notice that a hatch is opened on one of the big mechanical sheds on the property.

    I figured that it had probably blown open in the 40 plus MPH winds, but I needed to secure it and make sure nobody was bedded down in there. Not that I would have blamed anyone. In minus 72 weather, it is any port in a storm!

    So, my dumb, no jacket wearing self has to trudge through the snow and go through the mechanical shed. I was maybe outside for a minute and a half, but in minus 72, that is a minute and a half too long!

    I can't be too hard on myself though. I was wearing long sleeves

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    You are lucky not to get frostbite!!!! Last night here at the college, I looked like some little kid, all bundled up, but I was warm.
    Murphy was an optomist.

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    • #3
      Cold

      Thats not bad...

      This week we had temperatures around 3 degree and wind gusts up to 137 mph! Alaska at it's best! That's why we live here....

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      • #4
        What part of Alaska? I spent four years at Fairbanks and never saw wind like that.
        Murphy was an optomist.

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        • #5
          Wind

          Sunny Valdez . We get at least a month of it every winter although 137 mph is the strongest that I've heard of. It was recorded on Thompson Pass (also the snowiest place in the country) last Sunday morning. We've been averaging 50mph for the last week or so. It seems to have died down a bit and now it's snowing again.

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          • #6
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            • #7
              Originally posted by CorpSec View Post
              Where I work it got down to minus 72 wind chill today. That is cold, even for a life long Minnesotan like me.

              I will admit to being an idiot since I haven't worn a jacket in years. My rationale is that in weather like this I am either parked in a garage, ramp, or just walking from a parking lot to a business.

              Well last night, I drove down to a remote site and on my drive around I notice that a hatch is opened on one of the big mechanical sheds on the property.

              I figured that it had probably blown open in the 40 plus MPH winds, but I needed to secure it and make sure nobody was bedded down in there. Not that I would have blamed anyone. In minus 72 weather, it is any port in a storm!

              So, my dumb, no jacket wearing self has to trudge through the snow and go through the mechanical shed. I was maybe outside for a minute and a half, but in minus 72, that is a minute and a half too long!

              I can't be too hard on myself though. I was wearing long sleeves
              Well at least you didn't lock yourself out of your vehicle!!!
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              • #8
                Yep, its been cold here in MN the last 2 days.

                I wanna kidnap Al Gore, handcuff him in his boxers to a flag pole and have him explain his "Global Warming" to me.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Don of the Dead View Post
                  Yep, its been cold here in MN the last 2 days.

                  I wanna kidnap Al Gore, handcuff him in his boxers to a flag pole and have him explain his "Global Warming" to me.
                  Last week, it was 60 degrees. Today it's like -3 with the wind chill. Grr.

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                  • #10
                    I discovered the hard way that bitter cold and wind can disable one very quickly. First, my eyes begin to tear up and burn limiting my vision. Then my hands got stiff and any dexterity was lost. All I could do was make a dash for my car and once I warmed up I started thinking about what could have happened if I didn't have a car to seek shelter in.

                    Now I keep hand & foot warmers available, wear a cold weather coat, ear muffs, gloves and eye protection. Too many people have died or been seriously disabled from frostbite. Don't chance it, unless you want to be on one of those TV survival programs about what not to do.
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                    • #11
                      Living here in the North East we have had our share of foul weather but I have never heard of anyone getting frostbite until I was at Ft Hood Texas. In just 1 day 6 guys in my company got frostbite. Mostly hands and ears. The Army sent ambulances around post to pick up anyone unlucky enough to be walking in the high wind. Who would have guessed that I would have to go 1500 miles south to see frostbite close up.
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                      • #12
                        Frostbite

                        I heard that the thawing process results in excruciating pain. Anyone know if this is true?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr. Security View Post
                          I heard that the thawing process results in excruciating pain. Anyone know if this is true?
                          It's like a 3rd degree burn. The nerves are destroyed. It is during the healing that the pain comes back.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CorpSec View Post
                            Where I work it got down to minus 72 wind chill today. That is cold, even for a life long Minnesotan like me.

                            I will admit to being an idiot since I haven't worn a jacket in years. My rationale is that in weather like this I am either parked in a garage, ramp, or just walking from a parking lot to a business.

                            Well last night, I drove down to a remote site and on my drive around I notice that a hatch is opened on one of the big mechanical sheds on the property.

                            I figured that it had probably blown open in the 40 plus MPH winds, but I needed to secure it and make sure nobody was bedded down in there. Not that I would have blamed anyone. In minus 72 weather, it is any port in a storm!

                            So, my dumb, no jacket wearing self has to trudge through the snow and go through the mechanical shed. I was maybe outside for a minute and a half, but in minus 72, that is a minute and a half too long!

                            I can't be too hard on myself though. I was wearing long sleeves
                            Damn, and I thought it was cold out here today
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