On the other end of the spectrum, I can tell when a storm is approaching by the increase of sizzle and burn in my face. I am not alone in experiencing weather-related increases in pain. A friend with severe arthritis tells me she suffers worse on cold, windy days. Another says he can expect a migraine on a very humid day, which is also true for a friend who has fibromyalgia. And, of course, folk wisdom has long told of people who “feel the weather in their bones.”
Did you know that the Weather Channel has an “Aches and Pains Map”? This morning, the weather forecast indicates “minimal effects on pain” all across the country. This low ranking is given where: the high temperature for the day is above 70 degrees, the humidity is low, there is a low chance of rain, and the winds are calm. The rankings worsen as the barometric pressure falls, indicating stormy weather, in addition to increases in humidity, higher chances of precipitation (40% or more), and wind speeds above 15 mph. Go to http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/achesandpains
I did some research in 2009, to see if there might be a better place in the U.S. to live for people like me who suffer increased pain from the effects of storm systems. I found that in the U.S. , the least amount of storm activity occurs in Hawaii and southernmost California. Not too shabby, huh? After fantasizing about this for a couple of hours, I realized that any improvements found from such a move would, sadly, be negated by living so far away from our family and friends.
Frankly, all in all, my research indicated there were no “best” places to live to better avoid weather-related pain. It appears that the best choice is to take precautions, and to make adaptations that will allow us to live as well as we can, wherever we hang our hats, as the weather is as changeable as…well… the weather.
According to another map, however, you may no longer be reading this anyway. The “Attention Index” map, below, indicates that most of the U.S. is "highly impaired" today.
I hope my readers in other parts of the world are faring better!
Until next time, fair weather and clear skies…in your spirit if not your outside!