Preparing for Winter Weather

As winter approaches, are you prepared for the wintry, snowy, and icy mix that may come along with it?  If not, you will want to take action right away.  The best time to prepare for winter weather is before it strikes.

When it comes to preparing for winter weather, many individuals assume that they have nothing to worry about.  Yes, this may be true in some cases, but you never really know. Although winter weather, including wind, snow, and ice, is commonly associated with the north, did you know that the south can also be impacted as well?  Although not as common, there have been instances where southern states have received their fair share of snow and ice.  Unfortunately, since these weather events are fairly uncommon they are unfamiliar and the possibility of danger always lurks.

When preparing for winter weather, you will want to start with your home.  If you live in an area that is prone to cold weather, you will want to take action.  This action should involve ensuring that all gaps are closed in your home.  This may involve having your windows redone or ensuring that all fans and air conditioners are removed.  Also, before turning on your heat, it is important to give everything a quick check.  If you have a furnace, you may want to first have it examined by a professional and all electric baseboard heaters should be cleaned before being turned on.

When winter weather, namely snow, does arrive, it is important that you take your roof into consideration.  In the event of a snowstorm, it is important to ensure that your roof is able to withstand the weight of all the snow.  If not, you will want to safely remove the snow from your roof.  If you do not believe that you can safety do so, you will want to call upon a professional.  In keeping with the outside of your home, you will also want to have rock salt or ice melt on hand at all times.  In the wintertime, especially in the north, you never know when the conditions outside may turn to ice.

As winter approaches, it is also advised that you take a close look at your vehicle.  One of the biggest impacts that winter weather has is on travel.  If you plan to travel during the wintertime and if you live in an area that is prone to snow and ice, you will want to ensure that your vehicle is winter ready.  You will want to ensure that you have the proper tires, as well as an emergency bag.  This emergency bag should include a change of clothes, a sweater or sweatshirt, a pair of gloves, a winter hat, scarf, as well as a few snacks.   A snowbrush, as well as a small bag of ice melt and a small snow shovel may also a good idea.

What is nice about winter weather is that many meteorologists are able to predict bad weather.  This means that if a winter storm approaches, you should have an idea of what to expect, at least in terms of snowfall and ice levels.  In the wintertime, it is important that you examine all weather reports, whether you do so online, through your television or the radio.  This is particularly important if you are planning a trip or even just for your drive to and from work.  In the event that the weather is poor enough to close schools, you may also want to take a close look at your travel plans.

Although winter storms have the biggest impact on travel, it is also important to examine the other consequences of severe wind, snow, or ice.  These risks include downed trees and power lines.  Since there is a high probability for power loss in a winter storm, you will want to prepare for it.  Your preparation steps should include having a large selection of flashlights and batteries or candles on hand.  Space heater are also an ideal option, should you lose power.  With that in mind, be sure to familiarize yourself with the risks and dangers associated with improper space heater use before using one.

Neat At-Home Weather Tracking Tools

Are you interested in the weather?  If you are constantly monitoring the weather outdoors, looking for changes, or examining ways that the weather impacts our lives and the planet, you may be a weather fanatic.  If you are, do you own a number of weather tracking tools and equipment pieces?  If not, you will want to take a close look at what is available.  You may be surprised with all of the options that you have.

One of the first things that you will want to have, when looking to track or learn more about the weather from home is a thermometer.  What is nice about thermometers nowadays is that you have a number of different options.  In addition to standard indoor and outdoor thermometers, many now have digital viewing stations.  These digital viewing stations, when properly hooked up can often tell you what the temperature is indoors, as well as outdoors.  Other features, such as a clock and wind speed may be included.

Speaking of wind, there are a number of different weather devices that you can use to monitor the wind.  For starters, there is a weather vane.  Weather vanes need to be positioned on an elevated portion of your roof.  They enable you to determine the direction of the wind. What is nice about weather vanes is that they come in a number of different styles, including those that are decorative in nature.  For additional wind tracking information, an anemometer can offer assistance.  These weather devices are used to help you determine the speed and pressure of the wind.

Another weather tool that you may want to examine is that of a sunshine recorder.  Sunshine recorders are weather devices that are used to determine the amount of sunshine a particular location receives.  Weather fanatics, but also those who make a living in the field of agriculture use and often rely on sunshine recorders.  Sunshine recorders enable farmers to determine how much sunshine their crops are able to receive on average.  In this aspect, sunshine recorders can help to benefit the economy.

Lightning detectors are another weather device that is used by many weather enthusiasts.  What is nice about lightning detectors is that they come in a number of different formats.  In fact, did you know that there is such a thing as a personal lightning detector?  Personal lightning detectors are transportable and ideal for those enjoying outdoors activities, such as hiking, camping, or boating.  With a personal lightning detector, you are able to determine when a lightning strike hits nearby.

A rain gauge is another weather tool that you may want to look into purchasing for yourself.  Rain gauges are used by professional meteorologists to examine the exact amount of rainfall levels received over a specific period of time.  Although extenuating circumstances, such as wind, may have an impact on rainfall totals, this is still a nice tracking tool for weather enthusiasts, such as yourself.  Rain gauges come in a number of different formats, but what is nice about this weather device is that it is more than affordable. 

In addition to a rain gauge, you may also want to examine snow gauges.  Snow gauges are ideal for weather fanatics who reside in the north, as they are likely to experience constant snowfall during the winter months.  Although similar in style to rain gauges, there are some differences.  For example, snow gauges are often larger in size and they do have wider openings.

The above mentioned weather devices, tools, and equipment pieces are just a few of the many that you can use to track the weather right from your own home or backyard.  In addition to the above mentioned weather tracking tools and equipment pieces, you may also want to examine full weather stations.  Full weather stations often include a number of the above mentioned tools and equipment pieces all in one set.  Many times, it is more affordable to purchase full weather station sets, when compared to individual weather tracking tools and equipment pieces.

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