Homeless vs. cold weather

Ashley Berube huddles next to the Hillsborough County courthouse in Manchester during a November cold spell.

Exposure to bad weather played a role in the death of 64 people in New Hampshire over the past five years, according to data from state forensic officials, a reminder of the possible consequences of freezing weather for historically high numbers of homeless people.

The data, where hypothermia is listed as either a primary or secondary cause of death, show spikes in some years and big drops in others.

New Hampshire hypothermia deaths by year

New Hampshire Hypothermia Deaths

Year Deaths
2016 12
2017 17
2018 8
2019 21
2020 (so far) 6