Minnesotans Ask: Can An Aching Hip Really Predict the Weather?
Lewiston, MN (KROC-AM News) - A National Weather Service survey team has now confirmed the heavy damage that occurred in the Freeborn County town of Hartland was caused by a tornado...a tornado (also) hit in Winona County near Lewiston. Read More: (UPDATED) National Weather Service Has Confirmed 2 MN Tornadoes
A frightful storm, to be sure. And one that was predicted to be this bad not just by the National Weather Service out of LaCrosse, WI, and Weatherology.com, but by two people commenting on a Facebook live video I did yesterday afternoon when it felt...like April!
Is It Possible for Our Bodies To Forecast Weather?
Hiedi Parkin Treitline and Leah Majerus both complained of body pain problems (a migraine and arthritis in a hip, respectively.)
I reached out to Mandy Thalhuber, a meteorologist with Weatherology.com to ask if it is possible to forecast the weather based on how our bodies feel. And she said...yes! Research has proven this. Both here and in the UK.
I did a quick check, and here's what the Cleveland Clinic said in 2020,
“Weather changes actually can affect chronic pain — specifically joint pain,” says Robert Bolash, MD, pain management specialist. “Scientists don’t agree on exactly how this may occur, but the anecdotal evidence is significant in leading us to think achy joints and rainy days are related.”
And here's the Washington Post, also from 2020,
The results showed low pressure, high humidity, heavy precipitation and strong winds are associated with increased pain. In other words, people are most likely to experience aches and pains on stormy, windy days and least likely to on dry, calm days.
Mandy Thalhuber did an excellent job of recapping the storm and explaining a lot of little things. For instance, I was worried the storm might be as ferocious as that which hit Kentucky. She explained clearly why I didn't need to worry. And made me hungry for cake at the same time (you really have to listen).
Click below to play the entire conversation (the part about our joints comes in at about 6:26).
As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
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