Someone recently posed this question: Does the 60 degree difference between 30 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit feel fundamentally different than the difference between 30 degrees and -30 degrees Fahrenheit? Or, once you are cold are you just cold and the level doesn’t matter that much?
I have been pondering this question over some particularly cold weather (not -30, though I have experienced such temps living in northern Alaska). I offer these observations:
- 9 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 mph wind feels incredibly different than 12 degrees and calm. It’s the difference between walking the dogs a block, bundled in nearly all layers except ski goggles, and being ready to return – and walking the dogs on a leisurely walk getting only mildy cold.
- Runs in the cold and wind add fun adventure.
- Once I am chilled, the temperature really doesn’t matter until I get truly, deeply warmed up. I can even feel hot, until I am truly warmed I will not stay that way. A hot shower can result in the truly warming.
- When really warm, which seems to be only upon waking in the morning, I can handle a lot of cold without caring about it. My internal temperature can stay warm for quite sometime.
- 30 degrees Fahrenheit and snow is absolutely lovely, and far warmer than 36 degrees and pouring rain. Also, did I mention how much prettier it is than pouring rain?
What are your thoughts on temp differentials?