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Serious weather-related question

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hokay. So. Context:

I live in Florida.

Here in Florida, widespread panic ensues when the temperature outdoors drops to 70 degrees or below, and heating systems statewide creak into action after nine months dormant.

Unless you're my MIL. She turns the heat on full-blast when it reaches 75.

Anyway, so the people here are sissies. I love it when it's about 65 outside. I can layer on some sweaters and walk outside and enjoy being outdoors, unlike when it's 95 in the shade and I have sweat pouring off my face while wearing no makeup, a tank top, and shorts (that's the other nine months of the year). I seriously love this weather, and I'd love to have an actual fall and spring with winter in the middle, as opposed to lots of summer with fall and spring sort of squished together in the middle of it.

Sixty-five degrees outside is NOT the same as 65 degrees inside, however. I'm happily dressed today in a sweater, jeans, and a jacket, but my fingers are turning blue while I'm typing in the library. It's freezing in here. I'm not under an air vent or anything, it's just bloody cold.

My question to the library staff is this:

Is the heat broken? Seriously. The first cold front we had sent everyone scurrying to adjust the thermostat and half the students, faculty, and staff rushed for scarves. I didn't realize they sold scarves in Florida until I was 19. But really now, it's about five degrees cooler than it was a couple weeks ago and the heat is decidedly not on.

My question to you readers at home (or at work, at the gym, or wherever you are) is this:

emoticon Why is it nice outside at 65, and soul-leechingly cold inside at the same temperature? emoticon
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    Humidity is a factor on how the temperatures "feel" to us as well. But I agree, if it were 65 here in the house I'd probably have a coat on, but outside it doesn't seem so chilly - might have a light sweater on UNLESS the sun is shining, then we're ready to drag out the shorts that have been put away for the season.

    Our bodies sometimes perceive temperatures differently too, I think.. At times maybe mind over matter.

    2203 days ago
    You are generally moving around, you are dressed in layers, and you expect it to be brisk. Inside you probably at least take off your coat, shoes and (if you are a real wimp) hat, all of which removes your source of heat retension. Since you also aren't moving around you aren't generating heat. Like Woubbie says, take your lap top out and sit for a while and it won't be so nice outside either :)

    BTW, I keep my thermostat at 60 all winter!! I lived in Chicago for 14 years but grew up in Michigan and live here again now. The weather where I live now is worse than Chicago any day!
    2204 days ago
    Sun. Here in coastal CA it's very warm in the sun at 70 and FREEZING in the shade!
    2204 days ago
    I'll admit it does depend on how the wind hits when I'm outside. I did spend a couple hours outside the first week it got cold and it was still nice at 65, but the heat in the library was on that day.

    On the other hand, nothing compares to Chicago in terms of cold wind.
    2204 days ago
    :) Take your laptop outside and sit in the shade for half an hour and you might decide 65 is still a tad chilly.
    2204 days ago
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