Jan 9, 2014 8:06 AM by Kristen Holloway

Hot v. Cold Weather: Check the Science

During the latest polar vortex we've seen many different ways to describe the weather but is there a standard list when it comes to describing hot and cold weather? The more common terms are cold, chilly, cool, mild, warm and hot but what exactly does all that mean?
I had to check the science, take a look at this....

People in Acadiana come from all over the country, so what is hot or cold on any given day here?

"For Acadiana cold would definitely be in the teens, I've been here almost 20 years and we've been in the teens only a hand full of times," said Meteorologist Dave Baker.

After hearing that, I wondered are there defined levels of cold or cool? Can the same weather be described differently by different people?

"It can very day by day or person by person and some people think 49 degrees feels awesome and some people like you think 49 degree is frigid," said Baker.

So cold or chilly for one person might be just be cool for another. Dave Baker who has worked in Indiana in minus 31 degree weather says the past few days haven't been that frigid.

"When you're talking temps below zero, it really feels like pins and needles hitting your skin, fortunately there wasn't any wind that particular day but you know minus 10-20 degrees really it hurts after a while," said Baker.

We asked on Facebook where some say the weather has been miserable, awesome, brutal and car battery draining. So how would you describe the weather? I asked many people their opinion and surprisingly a lot of them like low temperatures.

"Its been very nice, refreshing, I like cold weather," said Chad Ricklavergne

"Its been cold but I'll tell ya what, I sure enjoy this weather, it's nice," said Lafe Vidrine.

So I guess the moral of the story is whether it's hot, warm, mild, cool, chilly or cold, to each its own.
At the end of the day, no matter where you live, they're all just adjectives.



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