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Guess What? Winter Is Here!

Guess What? Winter Is Here!

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who get shocked and taken unawares at the first hint of winter. They flock to their local service station to get antifreeze; they head off to the nearest tire store for snow tires; and as a last resort, maybe even have their furnace checked. It’s like they weren’t expecting winter to come. Duh! Look at the calendar friends. A little planning goes a long way.

In today’s article we will share with you some news and stories about winter weather in the hopes that may help you prepare for what is inevitably going to come.

This story from Maryland talks about how winter weather has a habit of sneaking up on people. Severe weather such as high winds, heavy rain and snow can cause flooding, property damage, power outages and even potential loss of life. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency that helps coordinate emergency preparedness. They are urging residents of Maryland to create a disaster supply kit in case basic services like electricity or gas are cut off.

The kit should contain flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, battery-operated radio and most importantly nonperishable ready to eat foods and drinking water.

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the heart of tornado alley weather researchers at Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University are teaming on a project funded by a $6 million federal grant to use drones for predicting weather. They call the use of drones a “game changer” a term that is often overused, but not in this case. The national average time it takes to forecast a tornado is 10 to 12 minutes-not that much when you think about it. One researcher was quoted as saying that drones could increase the lead time to almost an hour.

Recent bizarre weather events in Texas and Oklahoma were the results of the weather phenomenon known as El Niño which periodically brings warmer water temperatures in off the Pacific Coast causing sometimes catastrophic weather across the Americas including heavier than usual rainfall in the southern Great Plains. This year’s El Niño is predicted to be one of the worst because temperatures in the Pacific have risen as much as 5 degrees.

This story from Japan talks about unprecedented rainfall which caused heavy floods that tore houses from their foundation uprooted trees and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes. Some areas received double the September rainfall in just 48 hours. Another 800,000 people were advised to evacuate in areas east and north of Tokyo after once a half-century rains occurred.

Recently National Weather Service offices had confirmed 27 tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska causing damage in at least three of those states as a severe weather outbreak began across the Central and Southern Plains. Flooding was reported in Missouri and Arkansas too as the storms marched east.

A number of tornadoes reported during the outbreak have yet to be confirmed, and severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes estimates that a total of 34 tornadoes struck the four-state region.

Any one of our many survival kits can get you and your family through any weather related emergency with the supplies mentioned above.

How do you prepare for winter weather? Share your secrets with us here. We promise we won’t tell anybody!

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