Fans covered with snow wait in the stands before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke).
While watching football from the comfort of your living room is certainly a warmer way to enjoy outdoor sports, there is something to be said for physically being at a game.
The human body can tolerate cold weather, especially if it has time to acclimate to the change of season.
"If we are slowly transitioned into a cold temperature over many days, weeks, months, if it is a really slow transition, most people can tolerate pretty extreme temperature," Rami O. Tadros, M.D., assistant professor of vascular surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, said.
However, exposure to cold air for an extended period of time can be dangerous and hazardous to your health, especially if your body is not used to it.
To stay out of danger, it is most important to keep your core warm. If core temperature drops below 95 degrees, hypothermia will begin to set in.
However, it turns out that your entire body is naturally working to keep your core warm.
"Keeping the extremities warm, keeping the head warm, allows our blood to stay warm in essence and so when our blood is circulating and everything else, our core stays warm," Tadros explained. "It's all just interconnected really."
According to Tadros, you may feel the cold the most in your hands and feet because extremities are usually the most sensitive parts of your body due to "blood being shunted away from the extremities to try to preserve the core temperatures."
To keep comfortable you should wear accessories like gloves, warm socks, boots and a hat. Products like hand warmers will help as well. Tadros explained that the sensitivity of your hands, feet and head are "probably why people feel it the most in terms of pain and discomfort."
There are many products on the market today to help fend off the cold; one popular choice is thermal clothing, and especially clothing made out of water-wicking material. Tadros recommended this material because it is both breathable and insulating.
"Being able to eliminate some of the excess moisture definitely helps in terms of maintaining body temperature," he said.
Tadros also suggested dressing in layers and looking for products that have warmth ratings so that you have a better idea of what the product is intended to protect you from.
Aside from dressing appropriately for cold weather, it would be beneficial to make sure you are moving around regularly while you are at the game.
"Muscle movement is going to generate heat, that is an important way that people can stay warm," Tadros explained.
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of this week.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week, and Southern California will not be excluded from rainfall this time.
A strengthening tropical cyclone will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeast India and Bangladesh this week.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will target a part of the central United States at midweek.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Off British Columbia Coast (1918)
The Princess Sophia struck a coastal reef in severe storm and sank. All 343 aboard drowned.
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27" of snow.
Early season snowstorm brings 7-14 inches to many locations. (13 inches at West Yellowstone).