Winter and Cold Weather

Articles focused on planning for, responding to, and recovery from Winter and cold weather such as blizzards, nor’easters, arctic blasts, ice storms and other Winter weather.


 

The Winter Storm: Preparing for and Surviving a Blizzard

The Winter Storm: Preparing for and Surviving a Blizzard

A blizzard is an extreme form of winter storm.  It is categorized by massive snowfall and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour.  In addition to these parameters, the National Weather Service (NWS) also adds that it is a snow storm lasting three or more hours. As a blizzard is marked by extreme cold, high winds, and reduced visibility, they can present unique challenges and dangers.  Heavy snowfall can result in vehicle accidents, collapsed roofs, disrupted distribution systems, damaged power and communication systems, the death of pets and livestock, and serious injury or death to those caught outside.  The following guide will assist the reader in being prepared for blizzards and related winter weather. Be Informed about Winter Storms First and foremost, one must be aware that such a weather pattern is on the way.  Serious winter storm conditions are generally known days in advance, so one can prepare and adjust plans accordingly.  Governmental authorities, as well as members of the scientific community often provide guidance in the days before a blizzard occurs.  Be sure to tune in your radio or television for regular updates.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also broadcasts information on a continual basis.  These broadcasts may be listened to on the Internet or with a radio receiver. Preparing for Blizzards There are steps that can be taken today to reduce the risk of injury or loss of property due to severe winter weather.  These include: Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.  The American Red Cross has information on these life threatening condition. Consider installing or obtaining a generator for emergency electricity....
Infographic: Beating That Winter Storm

Infographic: Beating That Winter Storm

Winter storms are fast approaching and it's just about time to get out the snow shovels and salt. Share this great infographic with friends and family to learn about the different levels of warnings the National Weather Service uses, a checklist of items to get to prepare for winter storms, numerous useful tips, and information such as how many days it snows in each state, the snowiest places on earth and the coldest cities from around the globe.    Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of:...
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