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Old 03-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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77 Degrees F~60 Degrees F~Freezing to death?

As a cold front passes through the area today (hopefully the last of the season), I spoke about freezing to death. Of course, I was not as close to death as I stated, just a comment that I've made from time to time. The following has a bit more reality to it...

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.
Others are less fortunate, even in much milder conditions. One of Europe's worst weather disasters occurred during a 1964 competitive walk on a windy, rainy English moor; three of the racers died from hypothermia, though temperatures never fell below freezing and ranged as high as 45.
But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike--and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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I won't be skiing for quite some time after reading that. Thank god for cell phones.
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