The relationship between chinook conditions and women's physical and mental well-being

Int J Biometeorol. 1995 Mar;38(3):148-51. doi: 10.1007/BF01208492.


The objective of this study was (1) to determine the relationship between chinook conditions and physical and psychological symptoms in women aged 20-49 years, and (2) to examine the possibility of subgroups of chinook-sensitive women. The evidence for this relationship is at present merely anecdotal. The study carried out in 1985-1986 in Calgary comprises the secondary analysis of a large survey of various health and health-related factors, including different symptoms, of urban women aged 20-49 years. The interview date was used to link these data to days on which pre-chinook, chinook, post-chinook and non-chinook conditions occurred. Between November 1, 1985 and February 28, 1986, 182 women were interviewed on pre-chinook days, 74 on chinook days, 229 on post-chinook days and 886 on non-chinook days. Autonomic reactions and skin disorders were found to be significantly related to chinook conditions. None of the psychological symptoms was related to chinook conditions. However, a significant relationship was found between symptoms and chinook conditions in women with a history of emotional disorders. This type of information is important to educate chinook-sensitive women and health professionals as well as for hospital emergency departments in order to be able to prepare for potential increases in workload.

MeSH terms

  • Acclimatization / physiology*
  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Affective Symptoms / etiology
  • Alberta / epidemiology
  • Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / epidemiology
  • Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Cold Climate / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases / epidemiology
  • Skin Diseases / etiology
  • Wind*