Weather & Health

Menstuff® has compiled information and books on the issue of weather and your health.

How weather affects your health

How weather affects your health


Weather can be soothing to the mind and body, or destructive if exposed too long to the elements - sun, wind, heat, cold. Weather plays an important role in the environment as well, breeding insects that spread disease and cultivating seasonal pollen that can leave us feeling miserable. Use this index to find out more about the weather that affects your health.

Air Quality index: EPA forecasts the level of ozone pollution in your area and its potential affects on your health

Energy index: Observations and forecasts of heating and cooling demand

Heat and humidity index: Table helps you find the apparent temperature, while text reveals the dangers of heat and humidity

Pollen reports: Allergy updates for U.S. cities

Sunburn index: Ultraviolet (UV) forecasts for U.S. cities, plus details about atmospheric ozone.

Understanding hot weather: Index of information on heat wave danger.

Wind chill: How cold the wind makes you feel

Seasonal affective disorder. This is a type of depression that tends to occur as the days grow shorter in the fall and winter.

Climate change and human health

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., says: "Climate change is likely to have wide­ranging and mostly adverse impacts on human health, with significant loss of life. These impacts would arise by both direct and indirect pathways and it is likely that the indirect impacts would, in the longer term, predominate."

Direct health effects: Increases in (predominantly cardiorespiratory) mortality and illness due to an anticipated increase in the intensity and duration of heat waves and in the increase in extreme weather events. Indirect health effects: Increases in the potential transmission of airborne infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, dengue, yellow fever and some viral encephalitis) resulting from extensions of the geographical range and season for organisms.

National Climatic Data Center Web sites

Climate Change and Human Health page

Climate and Weather Extremes page

'Ask Jack' responses

Frequently asked questions: Air pollution, acid rain

Online health news

USA Today's online health section takes care of your health news needs with reports from across the USA and around the world. Links take you to Hotlines and there's a place where you can "Ask the experts" about your health concerns. www.usatoday.com/weather/health/whealth.htm

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. - Charles Dudley Warner



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