Winter comes from an old Germanic word that means a time of water. Winter is the coldest season of the year in the temperate zones. It occurs after autumn and before spring each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. People in the temperate zones experience in December, January, and February. Snow and ices fall during winter. But those in the tropics including Ghana do not experience Winter and I think we should be glad. Let us look at why Ghanaians should be glad they don’t experience winter;
- Frostbite: People in the West are susceptible to frostbite during winter.The colder it gets,the quicker frostbite develops. In frostbite,the water in the skin tissues typically the nose, fingers,toes and face starts to freeze.One can lose fingers and toes in severe cases.
2. Dry Skin and Itchy Eyes
While they cringe at the humidity of July and August, it keeps their skin and eyes hydrated. Cooler air carries less water and it affects their bodies over time especially their eyes and skin. This caused itchy skin and dry eyes.
3. Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It’s a type of depression marked by extreme sleepiness, increased appetite, and a sense of hopelessness, and social withdrawal. This disorder is triggered by a change in daylight. In the winter, the extended non-daylight hours can lead to depression. In most cases, the person must see a mental health professional.