This is the windchill chart that is used by the school (by whoever at the school district makes the decision) to decide if school will be cancelled based on cold. My understanding of the way that it works (which may or may not be completely accurate), is that if it falls within the dark blue area or lower then school may potentially be cancelled. I'm fairly certain that some of it also has to do with whether or not it is a sustained wind or if it is just gusty. But basically the idea is that if a kid can get frostbite in 10 minutes or less, then that puts them at risk when traveling to school.
So Monday the temp in the morning was at around -4 and the wind was pretty consistently around 40mph with gusts up to 50mph. School was cancelled. It was crazy outside. FREEZING COLD. really. Even in the house it was pretty cold. When the wind blows like that it gets into every nook and cranny, making it drafty and cold. Tuesday the temps have been around -7 all day and the wind has died down a bit to around 30mph. you can see that that means we were just outside of the dark blue range. So, we went to school, but MAN is it miserable! The school is absolutely freezing. I had to wear my coat just to tolerate to sit there and work after school (during the school day it was fine). And when walking to and from the school to my truck it pretty much feels like you dont even have any pants on, the wind just whips right through them. When I walked out of school today, it literally took my breath away. I think tomorrow if it is still this windy I will start wearing my snow pants as well. (It's Wednesday morning, the temp is -9 and the wind is at 20mph, which you can see just barely keeps us out of the dark blue range again today.)
Now, if we could just get some snow....
and I could ride my fixed snowmachine...
I'd be happy.
1 month ago