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Why the Winds Will Keep it Warmer, but Make it Feel Colder

A parade of cold fronts will continue to sweep across the state in the coming days, keeping temperatures below normal for an extended period of time. The fronts are coming so fast and frequent though, the coldest numbers (on the thermometer) may never be realized. All that movement causes friction between the molecules in our atmosphere, thereby not allowing them to cool as much as they would in a calm wind. So while a widespread frost or freeze may never reach central and south Florida, the gusty winds behind each front will make it feel much colder than the actual temperature at times.

Here's a video explanation...


Where a Freeze or Frost is Possible


North Florida and parts of the panhandle are still most likely to see the mercury drop near or below the freezing mark multiple times this week. The coldest mornings will be Wednesday and Thursday, when winds will be somewhat lighter and skies generally clearer. The maps above show where a frost (white) and freeze (blue) is most likely through Friday morning.


What it Could Feel Like


When wind comes in contact with your body, it increases the rate of heat loss on your skin. The faster it blows, the colder the apparent temperature is to your skin. The Wind Chill Factor is a scientific measurement of this “feels like” phenomenon, which is commonly used to asses the risks of hypothermia or frostbite from prolonged exposure. The maps above represent the lowest wind chills that we think may occur each morning this week.

Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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