This morning’s bright sunshine on the dusting of snow while beautiful, is deceiving. The temperature at 9 a.m. in Gloucester MA was only 4º! Todays weather forecast predicts a high of 18º.
‘Polar Vortex.’ The National Weather service describes this as “a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter.”
The Bright Side. I actually feel lucky, considering what parts of the midwest are enduring – dangerously cold temperatures of subzero, up to 40º below with the wind chill factor in some areas. Many businesses and schools are closed. At 40º, exposed skin can suffer frost bite within 5 minutes of exposure.
Check on Elderly Family and Neighbors. Being outside or even in a cold house can lead to hypothermia, a body temperature of 95°F or lower. Hypothermia can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver disease or even death. Cold weather extremes are especially detrimental for children, the elderly and anyone with cardiac and pulmonary disease. If you have underlying health issues, talk to your doctor about winter safety. Here are steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” — Mark Twain
My Weather Prediction – More snow to come. 🙂 Fortunately, last night’s squall only brought a dusting of snow on Cape Ann, but winter is not over yet. Here are some safety tips for shoveling and safe snow blowing for the next snow storm. Call a snow plowing company now to schedule their service. By the time a snow storm arrives, they might be fully booked!
Do you have a favorite snow plow company? Let GMG know.
Safety Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you safe in these extreme weather conditions.
Traveling in Winter. Today is a good day to stay indoors, relax and enjoy a cup of hot tea, but If you do have to get out in the cold or travel, here are some Tips for Traveling in Cold Weather.
During Extreme Weather. If possible stay indoors and enjoy a cup of tea, otherwise follow the safety guidelines from the CDC, NIH and your physician.
The Good News – Spring is only 48 days away!
~ Karen Pischke
Sources and More Information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Safety Council
- National Weather Service
- Weather Underground
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Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician or other health care worker. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other institution with which the authors are affiliated.
Another Winter Storm for Gloucester and Cape Ann. Be careful out there!
Stay off streets as much as possible so the plows can do their job. Shovel out fire hydrants from the snow.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Check-in on those that are ill or elderly.
Today’s snow is wet and heavy, creating increased risk of injury and heart attack for those shoveling. Hire a plow or a neighbor to help. If you do have to shovel or use a snow blower, follow the safety tips in the link below.
Be Careful Driving and Walking in the Snow.
If you have to get out, drive slow. Use extra caution. Wear sturdy boots with good traction and bright colors for visibility. Be safe and walk with grace.
Avoid Heart Attack and Injury. People with heart, lung and other illnesses should ask their physician for advice and recommendations before shoveling or snow blowing.
Some tips from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
This in from the National Weather Service - URGENT- WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 1258 PM EST THU FEB 19 2015 ANOTHER BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR IS ON THE WAY!
Temperatures have been below freezing for a number of weeks, but CAUTION is still needed when considering going out onto ponds and rivers for ice skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling or walking on the ice. TAKE PRECAUTIONS! Here is a link for some 'ice safety' tips - http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/ice-safety.html.
When walking on icy sidewalks and driveways, ‘walk with grace and ease.’ When walking around buildings, be mindful of potential falling ice and snow! Here are ‘safe walking’ tips from Mayo Clinic – The frozen harbors and rivers may look beautiful and inviting, but avoid walking on them! Teenagers in New Jersey had to be rescued when they ventured onto the icy harbor!! Don’t let that happen to you! Be Safe, Stay Warm and Take Precautions During Extreme Winter Weather. There’s an end in sight! Only 30 more days until spring! ~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Annisquam River Freezes Over – Not Safe to Walk on. Take only photos, leave no footprints behind! Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician or other health care worker. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other institution with which the authors are affiliated.