Thursday, February 10, 2011
Reykjavik, Iceland is warmer than I am right now.
It dropped to -16 (that's degrees Fahrenheit, Kyle) after a foot of snow fell the last couple of days.
Paxatony Phil can kiss my powdered donut, I think this is the beginning of Fimbulvinter. Three successive hard winters that prelude the end of the world. They say it will snow in all directions (I watched it snowing up in the white out conditions Tuesday), although it's supposed to be spring in another month and this is supposed to last three straight years.
Not to yell, but the eternal night of Reykjavik, Iceland had 41 degrees F this morn with a light gentle rain. The local radio stations are throwing boiling water outside to see if it explodes, just like the Artic Circle.
So fellow writers and readers, before you turn into a Jackcicle, here are the steps of hypothermia.
1. You start shivering (that means that your body is trying to warm itself up).
2. Your heart rate gets faster and your breathing is much faster than usual.
3. Your hands and feet turn white and cold (your body takes blood away from your finger and toes and uses it to keep the heart and other organs warmer).
4. You start to act confused.
5. Your lips or skin start to turn a blue color (that means that the hypothermia is getting worse).
6. Some people with hypothermia feel hot and start taking off their coats.
Then it happens, here is some info about what happens from http://outsideonline.com/outside/magazine/0197/9701fefreez.html
There is no precise core temperature at which the human body perishes from cold. At Dachau's cold-water immersion baths, Nazi doctors calculated death to arrive at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The lowest recorded core temperature in a surviving adult is 60.8 degrees. For a child it's lower: In 1994, a two-year-old girl in Saskatchewan wandered out of her house into a minus-40 night. She was found near her doorstep the next morning, limbs frozen solid, her core temperature 57 degrees. She lived.
The article also goes on with a fictional account of what happens.
Wikipedia also has some interesting facts:
In the final stages of hypothermia, the brain stem produces a burrowing-like behavior. Similar to hibernation behavior in animals, individuals with severe hypothermia are often found in small, enclosed spaces, such as under the bed or behind wardrobes.
Stay warm. Winter may still be continuing.
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