Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Omaha/Valley, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
935 AM CST TUE NOV 4 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 2014...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALONG WITH THE NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCY AND THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION
HAVE DECLARED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY
IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA.

TUESDAY:  WIND CHILL

WIND CHILL IS THE SERIOUS AND POTENTIALLY FATAL COOLING EFFECT OF COMBINED
WIND AND COLD ON THE HUMAN BODY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES
WIND CHILL WARNINGS FOR WIND CHILL VALUES OF 30 BELOW OR LOWER AND WIND
CHILL ADVISORIES FOR WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 TO 30 BELOW.

FOR EXAMPLE...IF THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE IS ZERO AND THE WIND SPEED IS 25
MILES PER HOUR...THEN THE WIND CHILL IS 24 BELOW. IF SKIN IS EXPOSED
TO THESE CONDITIONS, FROSTBITE WILL OCCUR IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. BUT IF
WE DECREASE THE AIR TEMPERATURE TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ...THEN THE
WIND CHILL BECOMES 37 BELOW. THE ONSET OF FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED
SKIN THEN DECREASES TO 10 MINUTES.

FROSTBITE IS DAMAGE TO BODY TISSUE CAUSED BY THAT TISSUE BEING FROZEN.
FROSTBITE CAUSES A LOSS OF FEELING AND A WHITE APPEARANCE OF THE SKIN.
SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. IF MEDICAL HELP IS NOT AVAILABLE, SLOWLY
WARM THE AFFECTED AREAS.

AVOID OVEREXERTION.  THE STRESS TO THE HEART FROM COLD TEMPERATURES AND
HARD LABOR FROM SUCH THINGS AS SHOVELING HEAVY SNOW, PUSHING A CAR OR
WALKING IN DEEP SNOW, COULD CAUSE A HEART ATTACK.

HYPOTHERMIA IS THE LOWERING OF THE BODY TEMPERATURE DUE TO EXPOSURE TO
THE COLD. SYMPTOMS ARE UNCONTROLLABLE SHIVERING, MEMORY LOSS, DISORIENTATION,
SLURRED SPEECH, AND APPARENT EXHAUSTION. IF THE BODY TEMPERATURE
HAS FALLEN BELOW 95 DEGREES, SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. IF MEDICAL
HELP IS NOT AVAILABLE, BEGIN WARMING THE PERSON SLOWLY. WARM THE BODY
CORE FIRST. MAKE SURE THE PERSON IS DRY AND WRAP THEM IN A WARM BLANKET
COVERING THE NECK AND HEAD. DO NOT GIVE THE PERSON ALCOHOL, DRUGS, OR
COFFEE, OR ANY HOT BEVERAGE OR FOOD. WARM BROTH IS BETTER. DO NOT WARM
THE ARMS AND LEGS FIRST. THIS DRIVES THE COLD BLOOD TOWARD THE HEART
AND COULD CAUSE DEATH.

FOR MORE WINTER WEATHER INFORMATION...THIS YEAR`S WINTER WEATHER
AWARENESS DAY PACKET CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTP://GOO.GL/M6X7YJ (ALL
LOWERCASE- EXCEPT THE "X" AND "Y" ARE CAPITALIZED. ONLY THE 6 AND
7 ARE THE ONLY NUMBERS).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

CATHY ZAPOTOCNY
METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA
402-359-5166

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