Long-Time Postman Works Through the Extreme Cold

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 1/07 7:22 pm
We have all seen and felt how cold it is outside, but if you are looking to escape that cold, one of the warmest places on the Coast is at the Biloxi Natatorium. Water right now is over 80 degrees. The Natatorium has been closed for two months for repair, but opened yesterday for business. However, others were out working in the cold this morning. Michael Bowin, a United States Post Office worker, says, "They were predicting temperatures of 20 degrees and when I stepped out the door that morning, I said, ‘It's a lot colder than 20.’" Rain, sleet, and even the bitterly cold weather can’t stop mail carriers from bringing you your packages. Bowin also says, "Of course my wife fixed me up a hot thermos of soup, so it’s little things like that. It gets you through the day and it keeps you comfortable.” Bowin has worked as a postal worker for over 20 years, and has learned a few tricks about how to beat the elements. He says, "Just a few little things: wearing your clothing in layers. I've got a jacket, a sweater on, a shirt, and a thermal shirt and t-shirt."

Bowin has developed his own system for dealing with the cold weather, switching his gloves back and forth to keep his hands warm and easily handle the mail. Bowin also says, "When I'm on a walking loop, I wear my glove on my left hand because I’m just holding the mail with that hand and sorting it with my right. On curb line delivery, I put the glove on my right hand." Whether it's the blistering heat of the summer or the chilling temperatures we are dealing with today, Bowin says the key for him is staying hydrated. Bowin also states, "I don't hydrate as well as I do in the summer. Then I’ll go through three liters of water and not even think about it, but here I’ll drink about 40 ounces of water or Gatorade."

50° Heavy Rain Feels Like: 45° F
High: 55° F
Low: 48° F
Wind: NNE 14 mph

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