With forecasters predicting extremely cold and snowy conditions this winter the time has come to make sure you have everything you need in place. This is often easier said than done, we lead busy lives but it’s essential that at a very minimum the basics of winter preparedness are taken care of before the bad weather sets in.
The lower than usual temperatures that a ‘bad’ winter brings sees a surge in electricity usage at the very time when power outages are far more likely due to the weight of snow and ice, as well as strong winds bringing down power lines.
Every so often the weather throws us a curveball in the form of an ‘historic’ event, such as the snowstorm and blizzard, nicknamed ‘The White Death’ that hit the US in 1977. You’re not going far when 10 feet of snow gets dumped on the neighbourhood are you? You can see some amazing photographs and hear the original radio broadcasts on the following video.
In the UK 1962-63 stands out, a winter that paralysed the country for weeks.
Dividing your preparation into different ‘bit-sized’ chunks will help you get everything in place.
To avoid insurance claims and/or expensive repair bills your home should be winter ready. These articles will help:
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- Add a heat sink to get extra heat from your wood stove
Make sure your vehicle is in a good state of repair, has a full tank of gas and is equipped to deal with cold weather emergencies. These articles may help you:
Inside the home also needs to be ready. You have no idea how long you may be stuck at home and should plan accordingly. Obviously you need to be well supplied with enough food, water, toiletries and pet supplies but you need to think outside the box, what if the power goes out? What if the water supply is affected? What about sanitation? Do you have a decent first aid kit and OTC as well as prescription medications?
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- Our unhealthy love affair with electricity
So what are those forecasts predicting? Cold, snow and lots of it sadly…I hate the cold so much I can’t tell you.
A very cold and snowy winter has been forecast on both sides of the Atlantic this year – which bodes badly for the UK because we fail to cope in an average winter let alone a bad one! You can read about the winter forecast for the UK here.
As for the US, if the weather watchers are correct parts of the country are going to be battered by snow storms high winds and below average winter temperatures:
Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US
Frequent storms across the northeastern U.S. this winter may lead to an above-normal season for snowfall.
“I think the Northeast is going to see more than just a few, maybe several, systems in the course of the season,” AccuWeather Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
Unlike last season, in which most of winter’s snowfall came from a few heavy-hitting storms, this winter will last into the early or middle part of spring and will feature frequent snow events.
According to Pastelok, accumulation may be limited in areas south of New York City, such as Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore. These areas will see a handful of changeover systems, where falling snow transitions to rain and sleet.
“But still, Boston, Hartford, along the coastal areas up into Connecticut and southern New England, they can still have a fair amount of snow,” he said.
Overall, it’s predicted that the region will total a below-normal number of subzero days, though the temperature will average 3-5 degrees Fahrenheit lower than last year.
You can view the rest of that report, which covers other areas of the country here.
As usual when a storm is in the offing the store shelves will empty in a matter of hours, the unprepared will go into meltdown. Getting prepared in advance means all you and yours have to concentrate on is getting home from school and work – and that’s something else that shouldn’t be left until the last minute or you may not get home at all.
Well I for one hope the forecasts are wrong…I may have mentioned one or two (dozen) times how much I hate winter but at least if they are right I am well stocked and ready for it.