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Cold Weather Is Here… When It Will Be Gone, And How To Get Around In It Safely Nov 27, 2012

Cold Weather In The Midwest

Average highs are dropping to the lower 30s and winter is starting to feel like a sure-thing.  That is a good thing, because winter happens every year (as we all know, but many try to forget).  Minneapolis, for example, has seen their average high drop to 35 degrees as of yesterday… so we might as well embrace winter!

These were the highs we saw on the day yesterday, notice the big bullseye of cold right over the upper Midwest:

Highs Yesterday
Highs Yesterday

Looking into the future, these are the highs we are looking at as a shift in the jetstream allows some warmer air to slide back into the region… temperature rises on the order of 20+ degrees in many locations:

Future Highs For Sunday
5 Days Out: Highs For Sunday

 Living In/Biking In The Cold

Many of you have probably seen me (Aaron Shaffer) on WeatherNation many times, often doing some sort of outdoor activity.  A big one I like to do is biking in the winter – but there are definitely some important tips to go through in order to make it a success.  Let’s go through a few of those…

A big key is to dress properly.  It all starts with that:

How To Dress
How To Dress Properly

The next big key is to have the proper biking equipment, and be ready for some of that equipment to get corroded and have other issues.  Batteries tend to die easier in the cold, so be ready for that with your lights – and check them before embarking:

Bike Safety: Gear
Bike Safety: Gear

Finally, you need to be aware of your surroundings.  I know it sounds cliche, but you need to take the time to make sure you are properly lit, you are watching for cars – and expecting the unexpected.  If a car turns in front of you and you have to dodge them – hopefully you saw them coming and were aware that a strange turn was a possibility… those types of things are key with winter biking:

Safety
Safety: Be Aware

I’ll leave you with this demonstration of some key things that are “good” from one of my personal biking videos from winter:

Good Decisions
Good Decisions

 

Thanks for checking in, and stay safe out there!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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