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Young people can endure all kinds of cold weather older people may struggle with. I went to school in the northern midwest with a guy who wore shorts 24/7--even when it was below zero outside.

Older people's metabolisms slow down and thus they don't generate the BTUs a younger person does--so for that younger person, it really isn't "as cold" as it is for older ones.

It also can do with a person's size and weight distribution. Skinny people are like radiators, while those of us who are huskier don't have the same surface area to mass ratio.

Are some idiots who are out in weather like that? Probably. But for some, it's likely just a brisk weather event.
Ahh, you see, I’ve never considered that it might be a function of heat exchange. Perhaps I’m being overly harsh, and I just need to stop dwelling on it.
 

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Learned my lesson many years ago...in Feb/Mar/Apr late 80's my company relocated me from Dallas to Phoenix. Rather than driving the boring I-20 to I-10 through to Phoenix, I elected to drive 287 to Amarillo and Albuquerque, then I-40 to Flagstaff, then I-17 down to Phoenix. A grand adventure, I thought, see part of the country I'd never seen, I thought. I left Dallas it 69 degrees, around 2100, expected to drive all night, napping where needed. I was wearing workout shorts, a tank top and sneakers. Oh, and I was driving a front wheel drive Honda Prelude. My clothes and furniture were packed in the moving van, I'd get them in Phoenix in a few days time. Hey, it was 74 in Phoenix, life was going to get really fun!
Between Dallas and Amarillo I came upon snow on the highway, first just a powder on the road, but as I progressed it got to be around 8" deep, and to my alarm I saw dozens, maybe hundreds, of mounds that were abandoned cars and trucks. I slowly picked my way through the mounds, hyper mindful that slipping off the road or stalling my little car would could/would likely be my death due to exposure...I couldn't turn around because there wasn't an overpass for what seemed dozens of miles and I didn't want to stop...
After an eternity I got to Amarillo, then stopped in a Flying J for gas and a bathroom break. The guy behind the counter looked at me, surprised look on his face, and asked where I had just come from. I said Dallas, and he laughed, and said nobody's been able to get through for 12 hours because of the big snow storm.
I shrugged and said well, that's where I came from, and left to Albuquerque.
I learned a lesson that day, and since then have food, water, space blankets, sleeping bags, candles, and other items when I drive distances. Lucky once, that's great! Lucky twice, pushing your luck. Lucky all the time? Just plain stupid.
 

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85*F And humid here today ,I went to town and saw the woke crowd walking about in hoody sweatshirts with the hood up. others wearing stocking caps over their ears , most with pants hanging off their ass and shower shoes. or loud colored high tops.
Maybe when one’s pants are pulled down that far, more waste heat is vented, and it’s fine to wear a hoodie when it’s 85. A butt acts as a radiator with only two fins.
 

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Went to Walmart. Again. To buy more food, because some of you are starting to make me nervous.

33 degrees, high wind warning. Means the wind is blowing 35, 40, 50 miles an hour. Didn’t look up the windchill for that, but it made my face burn. I bet I saw 20 people walking in or out, dressed in tee shirts and shorts. Walking as fast as they could go, slipping on patches of ice, all hunched over, hands jammed in their pockets. Why would people leave their dwelling in conditions like these, dressed like that? What if something went wrong? They look like imbeciles, and just not as impressive as they must believe.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein
 

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Learned my lesson many years ago...in Feb/Mar/Apr late 80's my company relocated me from Dallas to Phoenix. Rather than driving the boring I-20 to I-10 through to Phoenix, I elected to drive 287 to Amarillo and Albuquerque, then I-40 to Flagstaff, then I-17 down to Phoenix. A grand adventure, I thought, see part of the country I'd never seen, I thought. I left Dallas it 69 degrees, around 2100, expected to drive all night, napping where needed. I was wearing workout shorts, a tank top and sneakers. Oh, and I was driving a front wheel drive Honda Prelude. My clothes and furniture were packed in the moving van, I'd get them in Phoenix in a few days time. Hey, it was 74 in Phoenix, life was going to get really fun!
Between Dallas and Amarillo I came upon snow on the highway, first just a powder on the road, but as I progressed it got to be around 8" deep, and to my alarm I saw dozens, maybe hundreds, of mounds that were abandoned cars and trucks. I slowly picked my way through the mounds, hyper mindful that slipping off the road or stalling my little car would could/would likely be my death due to exposure...I couldn't turn around because there wasn't an overpass for what seemed dozens of miles and I didn't want to stop...
After an eternity I got to Amarillo, then stopped in a Flying J for gas and a bathroom break. The guy behind the counter looked at me, surprised look on his face, and asked where I had just come from. I said Dallas, and he laughed, and said nobody's been able to get through for 12 hours because of the big snow storm.
I shrugged and said well, that's where I came from, and left to Albuquerque.
I learned a lesson that day, and since then have food, water, space blankets, sleeping bags, candles, and other items when I drive distances. Lucky once, that's great! Lucky twice, pushing your luck. Lucky all the time? Just plain stupid.
I've had pretty much the same experience both in that area (Roswell to Albuquerque was where it got bad) and in Wyoming. So when I read the OP that was my first thought, a tourist or traveler had no idea it was supposed to snow and was unprepared.

Because I don't want to deal with that anymore, anytime I go west from TX I just avoid the Rockies altogether. I just stick to I-10 till Phoenix, then wherever I need to go from there.
 

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Here in Wyoming it's always a good idea to dress like you're going to have to get out of the truck because at some point, you will. I keep my tank topped off. have mittens, bib overalls, turtlenecks and a few extra layers for under my coat. Food, a really good down bag and candles too.
I rotate my truck loadout per season pretty much here in North Texas.
 

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I put on pants to go out with the plumber when it was -20 earlier this year. I rarely wear pants. I had knee surgery 30 years ago and haven't worn jeans since then. I have some pajama soft ,well worn bdus and sweats, I just don't like anything touching that knee. To my dismay most shorts now are below the knees
 

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We took the kids to a nearby Six Flags park in July. We live in Texas, July is sweltering. I was open-mouthed astonished at the number of people who were wearing jeans and sweatshirt hoodies. All in their 20’s. Tight skinny jeans. Hoodies with the hood up. 100 degrees outside.
 

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I wear gym shorts and a sleeveless shirt between the truck and walmart all the time throughout the cold Pennsylvania winters. Because I'm either headed to the gym or home from it. I keep emergency clothes in the truck in case I get stranded but I don't typically take the time to change into real clothes. Any other time I go out, even during the summer, it's boots, pants, gun, and any appropriate cold weather layers.
 

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I have never worn shorts and I wear at least two shirts now matter how hot it is outside. I am always cold and 90% of the time I wear long sleeves as I burn too easy. My wife always laughs at me,, as I am bundling up and it 85+ outside. At work the guy in shop all have on shorts and tees and I come in with my long Sleeves Shirt and a tee underneath and they go away your making me hot just to look at you.
Hell even in Nam I was chilly most days. I think God forgot to give me a heat engine. Right now I am fully dressed with three shirts on and a neckerchief around my neck. And still feel chilly. I am very rarely hot to the point of taking off one of my shirts.
once it gets below 70 I wear a long sleeve thermal underneath
 

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And yes it gets cold in MN.
Yeah, but Mother Nature seems to get confused around these parts. A buddy of mine who grew up in WI but has lived in MN for a couple decades usually only puts on long pants for weddings and such. He freaks me out when not wearing shorts in the winter, because I figure it must be a sign that we're getting old.

Personally, I only wear shorts on summer weekends or when mowing the lawn on a hot day.
 

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I would add this fashion statement to the stupidly unprepared list. Nothing screams "I got nothing worth doing today" than the slip on sandals with socks. Originally meant for athletes to wear while transporting expensive sports shoes and cleats it has now become a mainstay among the Walmart, Dollar Store, and PayDay Loans crowd.

Then again, this Boss seam to do fine.
 

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I would add this fashion statement to the stupidly unprepared list. Nothing screams "I got nothing worth doing today" than the slip on sandals with socks. Originally meant for athletes to wear while transporting expensive sports shoes and cleats it has now become a mainstay among the Walmart, Dollar Store, and PayDay Loans crowd.

Then again, this Boss seam to do fine.
I have a buddy who has been known to go hunting in flip flops. Like, hike around the woods all day during Pennsylvania deer season hunting. And bags deer too lol
 
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