CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - It's going to be another cold night here in the Bay area, after another cold day. But for some, the frigid feeling is not as bad. It's all about acclimation, and how our bodies adapt to where we are.
That old story of the blood thinning out? It's not science, agreed the medical professionals we spoke to, but on a day like this, it sure does seem like it makes sense.
Out along those "Best in the World" beaches, few folks were braving the 40 degree temperatures and 20 mile per hour winds except for tourists. But even for folks on vacation, this was just too much, or rather too little temperature-wise.
"Now it's cold, even colder than Germany," said Waldemar Sichelschmidt, who proved that indeed it was warmer back "home" in Stuttgart, where he and his wife are headed back after a month here. Good thing these visitors brought their winter coats.
"So the first two to three weeks were really nice Celsius was about 25 degrees," he said, referring to our recent 80 degree temperatures.
Now, it's about 4 degrees Celsius, single digits, which is about the same number of people lifeguards had to keep track of because of the cold and wind.
So why are tourists willing to brave this, when we who live here aren't? Is it because our blood's thinned out?
"Your blood doesn't thin out," said Richard Wallace, M.D. of Bayside Urgent Care in Clearwater. You still have the same number of red blood cells and white blood cells as you would if you're up north or down south. So the blood doesn't actually thin its just the body oversell just isn't really acclimated to that environment," said Dr. Wallace.
But some, like Gus and Rosetta Tsangaris, retired here from New York now for five years, will tell you acclimation is all in the mind. Tsangaris says he doesn't feel more cold now than he used to and doesn't believe in the blood thinning. "We come out here for a walk after breakfast or after dinner we're here every other night here in Clearwater Beach," Gus interjected. "I love it."
In fact, the medical professionals we reached out to agree about "acclimation" and the fact that we only have two days, rather than two months, to get used to this. And that's why many are so miserable.