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The Wind-Chill Factor  at Cabela's

The Wind-Chill Factor

Author: Frank Ross

The Wind Chill Factor is an important effect that many outdoor enthusiasts fail to take into consideration before departing on an extended winter expedition.

The wind chill factor can be very dangerous, not to mention deadly.
The Wind Chill Factor is an important effect that many outdoor enthusiasts fail to take into consideration before departing on an extended winter expedition.

With dog mushers in Alaska, the general rule of thumb is at -30 degrees with a 30 mph wind, your flesh will freeze in 30 seconds. If that doesn't get your attention, then you've never been really cold.

Cold weather is stimulating to some while others avoid it like the plague. For the serious outdoor enthusiast it's just another part of what you have to deal with when you plan a trip or outing.

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the seriousness of the wind chill effect during extended exposure. In extreme conditions, even a quick sprint to the mailbox can mean frost bite if your skin is not properly protected.

The chart below will give you a good idea of how dramatically the wind impacts the effects of our body's temperature. No matter what you plan on doing outdoors, you need to check the weather before you start out, and be prepared for any unexpected changes.

Since you never know when you'll get a flat tire, or simply lose your way while hiking or hunting in one of America's great wilderness areas, it is always a good idea to be prepared for any possibility.

New NWS Wind Chill Chart
 
Furnished by the National Weather Service Gray, Maine
 
Temperature (° F)
Calm 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 -30 -35 -40 -45
5 36 31 25 19 13 7 1 -5 -11 -16 -22 -28 -34 -40 -46 -52 -57 -63
10 34 27 21 15 9 3 -4 -10 -16 -22 -28 -35 -41 -47 -53 -59 -66 -72
15 32 25 19 13 6 0 -7 -13 -19 -26 -32 -39 -45 -51 -58 -64 -71 -77
20 30 24 17 11 4 -2 -9 -15 -22 -29 -35 -42 -48 -55 -61 -68 -74 -81
25 29 23 16 9 3 -4 -11 -17 -24 -31 -37 -44 -51 -58 -64 -71 -78 -84
30 28 22 15 8 1 -5 -12 -19 -26 -33 -39 -46 -53 -60 -67 -73 -80 -87
35 28 21 14 7 0 -7 -14 -21 -27 -34 -41 -48 -55 -62 -69 -76 -82 -89
40 27 20 13 6 -1 -8 -15 -22 -29 -36 -43 -50 -57 -64 -71 -78 -84 -91
45 26 19 12 5 -2 -9 -16 -23 -30 -37 -44 -51 -58 -65 -72 -79 -86 -93
50 26 19 12 4 -3 -10 -17 -24 -31 -38 -45 -52 -60 -67 -74 -81 -88 -95
55 25 18 11 4 -3 -11 -18 -25 -32 -39 -46 -54 -61 -68 -75 -82 -89 -97
60 25 17 10 3 -4 -11 -19 -26 -33 -40 -48 -55 -62 -69 -76 -84 -91 -98
 
  FROSTBITE OCCURS IN 15 MINUTES OR LESS

Wind Chill (°F) = 35.74 + 0.6215T - 35.75(V0.16) + 0.4275T(V0.16)

Where, T = Air Temperature (°F)
           V = Wind Speed (MPH)


If you are going to be outside, especially in very remote areas during winter months, it is a good idea to be prepared for a major calamity. Having a survival kit might sound like an extreme precaution, but until you need one, you will never know how important they are.




Author Frank Ross
Frank Ross grew up on a lake in Florida, where fishing and hunting were second nature. He has pursued his passion from the jungles of South America to the northern reaches of the Arctic Circle and most points in between. With a background in newspapers, the wire services and magazines that began in 1970, Frank brings a unique perspective to his work with Cabela's. He is an award-winning photographer with a flair for getting to the bottom line of every story.







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