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)
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. 🙂