When coming to work today, I asked myself a tricky question, and I still haven't decided.

Let me paint a couple of pictures for you.

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It's 2:45 am, and you're walking to your truck. The temperature is -16 with a calm wind. Your face and hands are stinging from the cold, but you can get right into the truck without fighting the wind.

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It's 2:45 am, and you're walking to your truck. The temperature is 30 with a 25 mph wind blowing in your face. Your hands are cold, and your face feels windburned. You have to stand outside a little longer because the wind is causing an issue with the door.

Now, the follow-up question.

Which are you choosing?

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I get that some of you think I'll take C...none of the above. I'm with you, but it's January in Wyoming, and there's a good chance you're not able to escape to Arizona, so you'll have to deal with one, if not both, of them.

To help you decide, I thought I would include the wind chill chart from Weather.gov. First, explaining what it means when you hear the phrase, "but the wind chill is" is good.

The wind chill temperature is how cold people and animals feel when outside. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it FEEL much colder. If the temperature is 0°F and the wind is blowing at 15 mph, the wind chill is -19°F. At this wind chill temperature, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes.

 

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After reviewing both possible situations, I've determined I'd take the -16 and no wind. There's just something about that cold Wyoming wind blowing right through you that'll give you the chills just thinking about it.

The good news is we're going to get a break from the extreme cold for the next couple of weeks. This is a welcome thought, but winter will rip us again before spring arrives.

Please tell us which of the two you would choose...Tap this link to tell us, COLD/ No Wind vs. NOT AS COLD/ Wind?

Check out this video; you can FEEL it.

The Cold Historical Facts About Casper's Winter Weather

We took a look at the historical information found on Extreme Weather Watch to look at how truly intense the weather is here in Casper, Wyoming.

Gallery Credit: Bill Schwamle

How Windy Is It In Casper, Wyoming?

How windy is it in Casper? Is it really that windy? Yes, it is. Let's stop to look at these numbers. If you add up the percentages, it is way over 100%. How is that possible? Well, it is how you read the numbers. Wind speed is not constant, and it changes all the time. So, at any given time, the wind in January will be over 25 mph 58% of the time. Then 92% of the time, the wind will be over 10 mph. No matter how you do the math, this proves it is nearly windy all the time. What this doesn't show is the wicked gusts of winds that are upwards of 60 to 90 MPH.

This data comes from the site WindAlert.com at the Natrona County Airport.

Gallery Credit: Bill Schwamle

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