Pat Shingleton: "The Survival Record..."
We have recorded 20 freezes this season, needing 14 more to shatter the record dating back to 1940. As temperatures drop, the body attempts to generate more heat by shivering, a condition that increases muscle tone and heat. The record for cold weather survival began on February 2, 1967 when Canadian bush pilot Robert Gauchie ran out of fuel near the Arctic Circle. Forced to land, he withstood temperatures of 48 degrees below zero. He was not rescued for 58 days and lost 54 pounds while suffering five frostbitten toes. Gauchie spent most of his time inside the plane, tucked under six sleeping bags and consuming raw fish and emergency rations. He was saved by a persistent rescue pilot after extensive searches were canceled. Another wintry note includes the biggest blizzard in southern New England’s history that banged Boston and coastal areas on February 6, 1978. For the first time in its 106-year-history, the Boston Globe was unable to deliver its paper. Acts of God-The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes in its “Blizzard Hall of Fame,” the Great Snow of 1717 was a series of four storms that extended to March 7th with five feet of snow in New England. Newspaper accounts reported that 95 percent of New England’s deer population died.
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