It actually felt like Winter last night!

@TheHorse (62135)
Pleasant Hill, California
December 27, 2015 11:06am CST
When I stepped out of my friend's house last night, my first thought was, "Oh snap! (or something similar) I've got to get my jade plant inside!" I could tell it was close to freezing. When I got home, the first thing I did was bring the jade plant in from the balcony. Then I checked the temperature on the internet. 33 degrees F, with an expected low right at freezing (32 F). The funny thing I noticed when I was outside was: 33 degrees felt cold, but it didn't feel as uncomfortable to me as 43 degrees does. Why? It's as if I snapped into "Midwestern mode," or "Winter mode." Does that make any sense? I had my warm jacket on, and I felt like I was ready for a snowball fight or something (though there was no snow). Have you ever felt more uncomfortable when it was "almost cold" than "truly cold"?
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Dec 15
One of the things I have noticed over the years is that our mild "Florida cold" is much colder than everyone else's "freezing cold." Why? Because in Florida, we have very high humidity, so when you add the humidity into mild cold temperatures (such as in the 40's or 50's), it feels so much colder than say Colorado in the high 20's or low 30's, because the air is so dry in Colorado. Does that make sense? When my parents lived in Colorado, my brother and I would be outside in our shorts and t-shirts playing in the snow in 30 degree weather, because it didn't feel cold to us at all. But if it ever got down in the 60's or so in Florida, we'd be freezing our butts off! and would be wearing Eskimo parkas! lol
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
Agreed. When we have a cold and cloudy night here, with higher humidity, it feels way colder than last night felt. Add a little wind, and 40 with humidity and wind feels worse than 30 with low humidity and calm.
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@Elizaby (3593)
• Pensacola, Florida
27 Dec 15
So true as I have heard from many snow birds that state this fact.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Dec 15
@Elizaby I wonder if snowbirds get mad that we call them snowbirds? I guess that's not as bad as the other name many of them are called....lobsters! lol
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@amnabas (9963)
• Karachi, Pakistan
27 Dec 15
Yes sometimes what we feel is not the actual weather we have.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
The wind makes a difference too. Last night it was pretty still.
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@amnabas (9963)
• Karachi, Pakistan
27 Dec 15
@TheHorse yes we are enjoying our too as chill wind is still .
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
@amnabas Does it get pretty windy there sometimes in Winter?
@marlina (71210)
• Canada
27 Dec 15
I think it depends of the degree of humidity, that's why.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
That's what I think too, though I think I do jump into a different "mode."
@amadeo (61460)
• United States
27 Dec 15
right now we have cold,raw ,rain.My fingers are numb.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
It's chilly here. I'm hoping to make it out cycling, though. Think I'll wear my baseball pants. So far I've been watching football and working on speakers.
@Marcyaz (35765)
• United States
27 Dec 15
When it is cold i am cold and it feels the same no matter what.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
I think it might have to do with humidity. It was really clear last night--probably low humidity.
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@just4him (109866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Dec 15
Yes. Winter storm coming our way, so you can enjoy that snowball fight tomorrow - oh yeah, you're in California.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
I'm a three hour drive away from a snowball fight.
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@just4him (109866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Dec 15
@TheHorse That's the fun thing about living in California, you can swim in the ocean or go skiing in the mountains. You're close enough for both.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
@just4him You won't catch me swimming in the ocean any time soon! But yes, it is pretty cool to be so close to the ocean and mountains.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec 15
Our son told us we wouldn't need our Drizabones (raincoats) in Melbourne over Christmas but after 40C on Christmas Day it actually rained on Boxing Day.
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• Philippines
28 Dec 15
utterly bewildering
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec 15
@hereandthere Melbourne has a reputation for strange weather.
@celticeagle (117158)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Dec 15
Must be hard on you folks. We have been having weather in the teens and early 20's here. We have an inversion in the area and so it is ugly and grey. No fog tonight.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
It's not so bad. I took a short hike with a friend today, and brought the jade plant in before I left.
@Rollo1 (16652)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Dec 15
I think it's a matter of what we get used to. When it's a little chillier than we were used to, we're still dressed for the warmer temps but when it gets truly cold, we get more prepared.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
That could be a factor too. I had on three layers last night.
@jaboUK (53411)
• United Kingdom
27 Dec 15
It would depend on what I was wearing.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
I was actually wearing my new (christmas present) sweatshirt under my jacket.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@TheHorse HMM. That sounds like an adjustment issue. Cold is relative to where you are, I think. I know some people feel 40 is cold but they live in a warmer climate and for them it is. Also as someone said there are other factors such as wind, humidity etc. that play into how it'feels' as opposed to 'actual' temperature. I've been there with the feeling that a relatively warmer temp feels colder than an actual cold temp.
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@TheHorse (62135)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
Very true. When I'm back in Chicago, I adjust to 17 degrees remarkably quickly. But I also agree about humidity.
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@kevin1877uk (36942)
28 Dec 15
What California colder that the UK, no way.
@sharon6345 (118272)
• United States
27 Dec 15
both of those temps are freezing to me. I don't like being out in that cold.
@GardenGerty (96657)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Dec 15
Often feel that way. I think it is because when it is actually cold we expect it to feel cold. Those in between temps leave us not knowing exactly how to feel.
@Elizaby (3593)
• Pensacola, Florida
27 Dec 15
At times especially when it is windy as the wind makes one feel more cold than calm winds.
• United States
27 Dec 15
I actually had to put the heat on last night so I guess winter is sorta here
@softbabe44 (5909)
• Vancouver, Washington
27 Dec 15
Sometimes it can really come true in a lot of ways.