An easy way to visualize the wind chill-frostbite relationship

Below is a table shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that visualizes how higher winds increase the danger of frostbite.

Frostbite table - CDC

For me, the table reinforces the importance of monitoring wind just as much as temperature during cold months. Add a little wind to 0ºF and your risk of frostbite goes from low to happening within 30 minutes. Add a little wind to -10ºF, and you’re in the 10-minutes-til-frostbite range.

Even after this polar vortex passes, be careful out there and stay warm.

Find more information from the CDC here: Outdoor Winter Safety

Read a little more about cold weather safety in this article I wrote for Travelers Today: How to Weather the Polar Vortex Without Losing a Body Part


Nine things to know about drinking nature’s water

While researching the safest methods forwaterfall harvesting water, I found these tips. If making a purchasing for your next trip, be sure to see #9, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) table comparing the effectiveness of water disinfection methods.

1. “The list of potential waterborne pathogens is extensive and includes bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and parasitic helminths.” CDC, Water Disinfection for Travelers

2. “Except for boiling, few of the water treatment methods are 100% effective in removing all pathogens.” Continue reading