Can I get a cold from being out in cold weather?

The fact that it is cold will not, in itself, cause you to become sick. The reason why colds become more prevalent in winter is that people tend to stay indoors more, where they come into contact more frequently with other people, some of whom may be carrying viruses or illness-causing bacteria. Also, indoor heating systems run constantly—in colder regions, anyway—and the environment inside homes and buildings may not be all that healthy. Germs can proliferate in, for example, air filters and air ducts that have not been properly cleaned. Sometimes, too, people can be exposed to too much carbon monoxide, and the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic those of a common cold.

To help avoid winter colds, it is wise to wash your hands regularly and, when in public areas, try and keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes. Recent studies have also shown that a good night's sleep (eight hours) helps to reduce the chances of getting a cold by 66 percent.

Some turtles (and frogs) have the ability to survive winters because their blood contains antifreeze-like glucose compounds.

Some turtles (and frogs) have the ability to survive winters because their blood contains antifreeze-like glucose compounds.

How can a gardener preserve unripe tomatoes before a winter frost?

As any gardener knows, the first freeze of the winter season will kill many plants and ruin fruits and vegetables that have not yet been harvested. Tomatoes that are still a bit green can be placed in a paper bag and stored in a dry, dark pantry, where they should continue to ripen normally.

What methods do farmers use to protect crops from frost and sudden freezes?

Frosts and freezes can prove to be a major hazard to crops, especially in warmer climes where such incidents are rare. Some crops, such as citrus fruits, are particularly vulnerable, and there have been many years where orange, lemon, avocado, and other such produce have been nearly wiped out in places such as Florida, California, and Texas because of a sudden frost. One method that has been used to protect crops is called a smudge pot. These are portable burners that create heavy clouds of smoke, which help to hold in warmer temperatures closer to the ground. Environmentalists do not favor this method, however, because it creates a lot of pollution.

Another preventative strategy is to use huge wind machines. These giant fans blow warmer air downward onto the ground, circulating away the colder air that

Winters are an unpleasant time for most people, but some people are actually allergic to cold!

Winters are an unpleasant time for most people, but some people are actually allergic to cold!

hangs low to the surface. Interestingly, farmers sometimes also coat their crops in ice to protect them from frost damage! Using sprinklers, they will spray the vegetation down, and, as long as the temperature does not drop below 25°F (-4°C), the crops do better than if they are allowed to go unprotected from the frost.

Why do more people die in cold waves in the American South than they do in the North?

Simply put, cold waves have proven more lethal in the South because people are not as well prepared for them. Homes and other buildings tend to have poorer insulation, and people do not own as many—if any—warm winter clothes.

What is the coldest city in America's lower 48 states?

Butte, Montana, holds the honor of being the coldest city in the contiguous 48 states. The temperature in Butte falls below the freezing point 223 days each year, on average.

What are some of the coldest temperatures measured in Florida?

The "Sunshine State" is not a complete stranger to wintry weather. For example, five inches (13 centimeters) of snow fell near what is now Jacksonville on January 11, 1800, and on February 13, 1899, the state had snowfall as far south as Ft. Meyers. Four inches (about 10 centimeters) of snow descended on Milton, Florida, on March 6, 1954. The farthest south that snow has been seen in Florida is in the city of Homestead, south of Miami, in January of 1977. There have been incidents of light snow flurries, sleet, and hail over the centuries, including recent snow flurries

Are some people allergic to the cold?

Research indicates that some people are, indeed, allergic to cold temperatures and may develop a rash as a result. Antihistamines can relieve symptoms, just as they do with exposure to other allergens.

in the Panhandle area on February 3, 2007, and flurries in Daytona Beach on January 3, 2008.

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