Seasonal Acclimation: The Body's Response to Winter Blues

By Marja Ortiz-Martinez
2/23/2013 11:40:24 AM

Have you ever noticed that a 50-degree day in the fall season may feel much chillier than a 50-degree day toward the end of winter? That's because our bodies can become "acquainted" with the cold as the winter season progresses, so that what once felt quite cold, can later feel cool at best.

The process is called Seasonal Acclimation and while it may not happen with everyone, many people can testify to its power to make you feel invincible ­ or at the very least weather-proof. In this week's Health front, Meteorologist Henry Margusity, explains this phenomenon and how it differs from the genetic process of adaptation.