Hot, cold… it is all relative!

Yippee! We got a cold front!  We woke up to temps in the 40s and 50s.  Considering it has been nearly a month since temperatures have been this low, it feels cold to us.

Is is -40 degrees?  No.  Is it snowing?  No.  Will your fingers fall off if you stay outside too long?  Nah.

Hot/cold is relative!

It is interesting being a TV meteorologist on days like today.  Natives and locals are telling me they are “FREEZING” while transplants and vacationers are telling me “it’s NOT cold.”

If I say it’s cold, people criticize me.  If I say it’s cool, people don’t like that either.

While 40s and 50s feels cold to us, many people would ‘not be able to handle’ a summer here.

We average about 75 days a year above 90 degrees.

In some areas of the country, just a couple of days above 90 is excessive.

Let’s use New York as an example.

New York’s Office of Emergency Management defines a heat wave as 3 consecutive days above 90 degrees. NWS issues a heat advisory for New York City when the heat index is forecast to be between 95-99 for two consecutive days. ( http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat_basics.shtml)

A temp of 90 and a dew point of 75 gives you a heat index of 101.  That is pretty common here in the summer.  (Use the heat index calculator for yourself http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml)

num days above 90

I’m NOT hating on New York.  It is just a good example of how hot and cold is relative!

I used R & ggplot2 to generate this plot. 🙂

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