CHICAGO – Today is the first significant snowfall this year in Chicago. What is usually felt in January is happening right now – high 20s and low 30s. And to top it all off, there is the wind-chill factor that makes the weather feel like 15 degrees below.
It is still fall season but this is the first week that temperatures dropped and it feels like winter. Our kababayans gear up as they brave the wicked winter here in Chicago.
Being a real-estate broker, 48-year-old Marlon Pecson spends a lot of his time outdoors. He is fully prepared for the coming winter.
“Sa ngayon, I’m wearing almost four layers,” said Pecson. “May undergarment, another sweatshirt, suit with hoodie, and eto na yung ginagamit nating latest na jacket with electrically power charged na heat generating sa body. Etong jacket na ito, nag ma-maintain ng heat at nag ge-generate din ng heat because may battery capability ito to warm up the body.”
The $600 dollar jacket, usually used by mountain climbers, comes with three adjustable heating levels that are powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The jacket is able to go hotter or cooler, according to your body needs.
Pecson, who has lived in Chicago for four decades, also knows the importance of annual flu shots, especially as winter season comes.
“It’s always good na magkaryon ng medical preparation ng body, para gumanda ang resistance,” said Pecson.
Winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is not uncommon. According to Chicago Health, it affects 20 percent of Americans.
“Ang mga tao, sa sobrang lamig sa labas, hindi na lumalabas ng bahay, lalo na an gating mga senior citizen,” said Pecson. “Just imagine na wala kang makitang araw at nasa bahay ka lang.”
Pecson says he finds way to cope with winter blues.
“Maiibsan ‘yon sa pamamagitan ng bi-bisitahin natin sila at salamat sa TFC, Global Balitang America, at ‘yung mga nanonood ng teleserye. Dapat may TFC sila.”
Although winter season has not officially begun, it is advisable to prepare sooner rather than later, especially with the forecast that temperatures are expected to drop even further. Bundle up, put layers on, and stay indoors if possible.