If all the weather forecasters have it right, the temperatures in the Lima region won’t climb above zero until Wednesday. That means if you’re smart, you’ll stay indoors for the next two days.
Below is a quick quiz to help you pass away some of the time:
Q: A shot of whisky or other alcoholic favorites will keep the chill off while you’re outdoors?
A: False: There’s no evidence of booze being a magical anti-freeze for humans. Alcohol actually opens your blood vessels, allowing you to lose more heat, said medical experts from Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Q: You have a better chance of catching a cold by staying indoors than you do by going out in the freezing cold?
A: True. Viruses cause colds, not cold weather. Thus, it is much easier to catch a cold from people coughing and sneezing nearby, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Q: If you do catch a cold, eating chicken soup is helpful?
A: True. Medical experts at the University of Nebraska found evidence that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects.
Q: Is it better to exercise in the cold?
A: Doctors in a CBS news report said it is OK to exercise outdoors, but also warned cold air can irritate your airways and trigger asthma in susceptible people. As for exercising indoors, they advised that if you work up a sweat, try to towel off before going out in the cold. Wet skin loses heat much more quickly than dry skin, and it’s also more susceptible to frostnip or even frostbite if you stay out in the cold long enough.
Q: Is it true there are more records being set for low temperatures than high temperatures?
A: That was the case last year, but it’s too early to call it a trend.
For the first time in 20 years, the United States saw more record cold temperatures than record hot temperatures in 2013, according to statistics from the National Climatic Data Center. Through Dec. 28, there were 11,852 daily record lows in 2013, compared with 10,073 daily record highs. The year 2013 was a stunning turnaround from the USA’s amazingly warm year of 2012, when more than 34,000 record highs were measured across the country, as compared with only about 6,600 record lows.
Q: What’s the record for cold weather?
A: Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica says the remote region set a record in August 2010 when it recorded minus-135.8 Fahrenheit (minus 93.2 Celsius). Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced the cold facts last December at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
ROSES AND THORNS: A man on his bicycle finds his way into the rose garden.
Rose: To Ken Fultz, of Lima. The 50-year-old man challenged himself to ride a bicycle every day of the year in 2013, and he completed that challenge Tuesday when he rode 2 miles through snow and 11-degree temperatures on his way to Crankers Cycling, the shop he owns at 1229 N. West St. in Lima. In all, Fultz cycled 2,373 miles during 2013, an average of 6.5 miles per day.
Rose: To Major Gordon, of Lima, who at the age of 93 still operates a small business — Gordon’s Pest Control, 139 S. Pine St.
Rose: To Callen Francis Hoying, of Anna. The 8-pound, 21 1/2-inches long boy was born at 12:53 a.m. Wednesday at Lima Memorial Health System, making the first baby born in the Lima region during 2014. He is the son of Philip, 30, and Katherine, 28, and joins 20-month-old sister, Ellie, as part of their family.
Rose: To Verne Bellinger, of Elida, who cracked the Top 10 list of Pluggers in 2013 with the No. 3 rated comic.
Rose: To Ed Boyer, of Lima. While fishing in September at Paradise Lake in Michigan, he caught a perch that was blue in color. Joel Plott, a fisheries biologists in Ohio, said he’s only seen three blue-colored perch during the 24 years he’s worked for the Division of Wildlife.
Thorn: To Jayden Eugene Bess, who police said led several law enforcement agencies on a chase through Lima Streets and Allen County roads at speeds reaching 70 miles per hour. Officials said the one hour, 27-minute chase ended when Bess lost control of his vehicle and struck the bucket of a front-end loader parked near Interstate 75. The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Dec. 28.
Thorn: 211 people from the seven county area have been arrested five or more times in the last 20 years for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to an updated website launched by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. That list includes Daniel Caleb Stahler, of Wapakoneta, and Jason A. Gray, of Celina, each with nine arrests; and Donald Charlese Springer Jr., of Celina, with eight arrests. Four people in Lima have been arrested seven times: Anthony L. Campbell, John Estil Goodin, Juan Enrique Granado and Dewey Lynn Kirkhoff.
PARTING SHOT: “If they don’t call you, they are doing all right. When they are calling you, then it is time to get your walletout.” — Major Gordon, 93, of Lima, on large families. He has 12 children and “25 to 30” grandchildren.