Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

January 22, 2013

Winter's bite is felt in the local area

GOSHEN — The higher the wind speed, the lower the wind chill.

That’s a simplified version of determining wind chill, said Evan Bentley, meteorologist at the North Webster U.S. Weather Service.

The forecast for today will be a high around 10 degrees and partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) with the possibility of the wind blowing between 10 to 20 miles per hour.

“That gives us a wind chill of minus 15 degrees below zero,” Bentley said. “It’ll be chilly. Even though it’s typical to have a cold snap like this in January, it’ll still be more of a shock.”

In the span of a couple days, the temperatures went from being 17 degrees above normal Saturday and Sunday to being 15 degrees below normal Monday and today, he added.

“If there was snow cover on the ground, the temperature would be colder, and since there’s no snow, the temps will be a couple degrees warmer,” Bentley said. “The ground generates heat and the snow acts as a cover over the ground. Snow radiates out better at night and makes the temperatures fall.”

Local weather observers indicated 1977 was the coldest January on record with an average temperature of 10.3 degrees. The average this year so far has been 28.6. The warmest January was in 2006 with an average of 36.1. Thanks to a huge blizzard, the snowiest January occurred in 1978 with 36.6 inches. The least snowiest was in 1935, when no snow was recorded. The total snow this month has been 1.1 inches, with 10 days left to go.

So the advice from the meteorologist: stay indoors in an heated area.

“If you have to go outdoors, cover all your exposed skin,” he said. “The wind chill could cause frostbite within 30 minutes for any exposed skin. This is the coldest air we’ve had in a while.”

The Health Department has issued an alert for people to beware of exposure to cold temperatures, outside or indoors, that may cause life-threatening health problems.

And make the following precautions to prevent cold-related illness and injury:

• Make sure you heat your home safely during power failures. Never use a gas or charcoal grill indoors because the fumes can be deadly.  

• Never leave candles unattended.

• Keep extra blankets, flashlights with batteries, matches, a manual can opener and first aid kit on hand.

• Monitor indoor temperatures as infants and persons over 65 years of age are more susceptible to cold. If you are not able to keep your home warm, make arrangements to stay with family or friends.

• Dress warmly when going outside. Maintain body heat by dressing in layers, including wearing a hat, mittens or gloves and a scarf or knit mask to cover your face including your mouth.

• Avoid being outside for prolonged periods.

Prolonged exposure to the cold can result in serious health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. It can cause a lack of feeling in the face, hands, and feet. Skin may change to white or grayish –yellow color or even show redness in some areas.

If you notice symptoms of frostbite, seek medical attention.

 

1
Text Only
Breaking News
  • Press Release 04-23-2014 J.jpg SLIDESHOW: Police need help ID'ing suspects The Goshen Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects wanted for questioning in relation to a number of thefts from retail stores throughout Indiana. The four individuals have stolen over $25,000 worth of merchandise, according to law enforcement. The men are believed to be African-American and have been seen fleeing in a white Dodge Ram or another white pickup truck with a white cap which may have Florida license plates. Anyone with information is asked to call the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661 or Michiana CrimeStoppers at 800-342-STOP.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michigan Prisoner Escape Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

    IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEMA OKs aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by storm

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS GN140421 jobless rate Elkhart County jobless rate drops to 5.8 percent

    Elkhart County’s jobless rate dropped below 6 percent last month, according to figures released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The March unemployment rate for the county was estimated at 5.8 percent, compared to the February estimate of 6.2 percent and the March 2013 figure of 8.3 percent.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol motorcyclist dies from crash injuries

    Dale Greensides, 32, Bristol, the driver of a motorcycle involved in a crash with an automobile Sunday north of Middlebury, died today at 11:25 a.m.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News No injuries in Concord Township fire

    Firefighters were called to a basement fire in a Concord Township home shortly after midnight today.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol bank robbery suspect arrested

    A South Bend man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery last year in Bristol.
    Zamale E. Davis, 19, 1805 Chapin St., was arrested at 7:10 a.m. Friday in South Bend by officers with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Six injured in crash northwest of Wakarusa

    A two-vehicle crash injured six people north of Wakarusa Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred around 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 1 and 26.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140416 Leesburg crash Driver critically injured in Kosciusko County crash

    A one-vehicle crash injured two men — one critically — south of Leesburg Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred on C.R. 150 West just south of C.R. 400 North around 5 p.m.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man killed in South Bend while possibly on bike

    Police in South Bend say a man was fatally shot in the head

    April 16, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results