Apropos of nothing much at all:
The other day day, there was much ridicule heaped at the folks in/around the area I live in for things like this:
This is a Channel 10 weather “alert” that notes we’re about to have a “weekend winter blast” with morning temperatures “Near 50” and afternoon temps in the 60’s.
This provoked much ridicule by the folks from colder climes up north, who scoffed at the idea that you needed a “coat” for such temperatures, that in their neck of the woods, such temperatures didn’t merit a long sleeved shirt, much less a “coat”.
Or, to put it bluntly: Jeeze, you guys are freaking wimps!
Here’s the thing:
When I was very young, I lived in Nova Scotia, Canada. I LOVED the winters there, and recall at least a couple of below zero blizzards that passed through and caused the city I lived in to essentially shut down for everyone’s safety.
Back then, I was easily one of those folks who, upon seeing a graphic like the one above, would have scoffed at the idea that weather “Near 50” would cause anyone any trouble.
Thing is, the human body adjusts to the climate they’re in.
After Canada, I lived a while in Venezuela (pre-current craziness) which had a suffocating (for a winter boy like me) tropical climate. I eventually moved to Florida but, for my first year in college, I chose to attend the University of Ottawa in Canada.
I froze my ass off that year, the first time in nearly a decade I once again encountered a genuine winter.
Luckily for me, I had the option of continuing in Ottawa or transferring to a University in Florida.
I chose Florida.
This one time winter boy had acclimated himself to the warmer climate and switching to such cold proved incredibly difficult.
The point is this: Don’t laugh too hard at us, friends from the north. Your bodies are adjusted to take the colder climate and, trust me, if you spent a year or two in Florida or any other more moderate/warm setting, your winter weather body will also adjust to the warmer climate.
And, yes, when the usual temperatures around 80-90 degrees drop to 50, you too might find it quite uncomfortable once your body adjusts to the warmer weather.
I know… I know…
We’re wimps. 😉