Cold And Windy Ahead
2014-03-15 18:12:26.000 – Mike Dorfman, Weather Observer
Winds are supposed to ramp up through the forecast period. With temperatures dropping down, wind chills will drop down to as low as 50-70 degrees below zero. This will allow frostbite to form on exposed skin in less than 5 minutes. This will make for some chilly observations, but luckily our warm EMS gear will keep us protected from the elements.
As I’ve said before, it’s really impossible to imagine conditions like these until you’ve gotten yourself into them. Trust my words when I say that you really don’t want to hike through 100 mile per hour winds. One might say that it’s ‘type II’ fun (which is fun afterwards, but not during), but that is only true if you live to tell the story. It’s not worth risking injury in an environment where you can’t be rescued just to be able to tell a story. Always check our higher summits weather outlook before venturing above tree-line.
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Mike Dorfman, Weather Observer