Monday, January 24, 2005

Wind Chill in Miami?

It’s 41 degrees at 7:00 a.m. Yeah, yeah, I know – that’s balmy for the rest of the country, and for me barely worthy of wearing my Toledo Mud Hens jacket, but down here that’s the coldest of the year.

The coldest period is expected between 4 and 8 a.m., Warner said, when wind, combined with the frigid air, will make it feel like it’s freezing in South Florida. While Miami-Dade and Monroe counties — with lows expected to bottom out around 39 degrees — are likely to escape freeze warnings issued Sunday for the rest of the state, a windchill advisory went out for all of South Florida.

“That’s for wind chills expected to be in the 30- to 35-degree range,” Warner said. “That’s how it will feel to the exposed skin.”


Sergio Campos, a case manager at the Miami-Dade courthouse, said he was lucky compared to relatives in Queens, N.Y., who were buried under more than a foot of snow.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” Campos said. “It’s only cold for a day. . . . Two days later it’s going back to 80 degrees.”

Make that three days. Warner said we’ll need to bundle up again Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

“We get two more nights in the mid to upper 40s,” he said. “But the wind won’t be blowing as much.”

Oh? That’s good news?

Where’s that other layer? [Miami Herald]

If you’re not used to it, it can be somewhat startling, and for those of us who grew up in the north, we get these cool snaps once or twice a year just to remind us what we left behind.

PS: That reminds me; a couple of weeks ago I took the Mustang in for its oil change and I told the guy to be sure to check the anti-freeze. He said, “Check the what?” Turns out that down here they call the stuff in the radiator “coolant.” You can take the boy out of Ohio…