As cold weather conditions begin to ease up across the Northeast, a new national windchill record has been set in New Hampshire. On January 7th, 2021, a temperature of -36°F combined with a wind speed of 25 mph resulted in a windchill of -55°F. This new record breaks the previous national record of -50°F set in Minnesota in 1996.
The dangerously cold temperatures have caused residents of New Hampshire and the Northeast to stay indoors and bundle up as much as possible. In addition to the extreme cold, snowfall and icy conditions have made it difficult for residents to drive and walk safely. Fortunately, the cold weather is beginning to ease up, with temperatures gradually rising throughout the week.
The extreme weather conditions have prompted health officials to issue warnings about the dangers of cold exposure. Those most at risk include young children, the elderly, and those with existing medical conditions. Health officials have urged people to limit their outdoor time, dress in many layers, and wear hats and gloves to protect themselves.
Despite the extreme cold temperatures, New Hampshire residents have been resilient and have come together to help each other cope with the frigid weather. Organizations such as the New Hampshire Emergency Management Agency have been offering assistance to those in need, while many businesses and individuals have been donating items such as blankets, food, and warm clothing.
The cold snap across the Northeast has been particularly hard on homeless individuals and families, who have had to seek shelter in churches, libraries, and other places of refuge. To help those in need, many charities, aid organizations, and local governments are offering assistance to those affected by the cold weather.
As the cold weather begins to ease up across the Northeast, the new national windchill record set in New Hampshire serves as a reminder of the power of nature and the importance of taking precautions to protect oneself in extreme weather conditions. With temperatures steadily rising, locals are now looking forward to the return of more mild weather.