It is when there is a prolonged warming to temperatures of the surface of the Pacific Ocean and that the heat affects the climate throughout the world. In the United States, the impact depends on where you live. You can expect warmer, drier winters in the northern half of the country and significantly more wet winters in the southern half. It also has the effect of amplifying storms, including snowfall, so preparation is very important.
Fortunately, forecasters can see these weather patterns develop well ahead of when they will impact our winters.
This will give us enough time to prepare, the best we can, so what can you do to prepare for The boy?
Prepare for heavy rain
Those who live in the California-mounted drought will welcome the rain, but that is the big time pattern associated with The boy. It’s a good time to prepare your home for heavy rains now, before it arrives, and this means reviewing everything that could potentially have cracked, expanded or contracted, or otherwise degraded in the past year.
Inspect your roof carefully, as it goes to the most affected by the storm, but also the molding around the windows, applying new putty if necessary. The water will find no crack entering your home, so inspect everything very carefully so you can avoid having to deal with repairs in the spring.
Cleaning gutters and downspouts as heavy rains can cause it to overflow and water to go where it should not. Remember to clean frequently or rely on sewer guards to keep it from overflowing. Overflow is dangerous because it means that the water will not be directed from the foundations of your house. If you let the flow of water to your home, you could potentially find a way to your home.
Is the home lower than the surrounding area? Is there a large volume of rainwater during heavy rains? Consider buying sandbags to help divert water away from your home.
Check the drainage of the other areas of your house too, just like any balconies, terraces or patios. Any grouping or flow into the house is bad news, especially considering the higher than the expected rainfall.
In climates further north, warmer air can amplify snowstorms, but usually you should expect warmer climates. Months of snow will be replaced by rain. However, do not let your guard down and prepare for winter as you would normally.
As part of your preparation, double View your insurance coverage, including whether or not you have flood insurance. The damage caused by heavy storms can be serious and you will want to be adequately protected. If this is not the case, the damages could fall under fortuitous losses which can be tax deductible if it is not covered by insurance. A fortuitous event is the damage, destruction or loss of property of an event that is identifiable and sudden, unexpected or unusual.
Prepare for Power Loss
If your area tends to lose power during storms, consider investing in a backup generator. If you have to use it, remember to keep it out! Do not put it in the garage or in an enclosed space. Make sure the escape points away from your home.
If you have been considering solar energy for geothermal heat or electricity pumps, you can take advantage of the energy efficient tax credits for the installation of these systems. Those systems will continue to work even after you have lost power, providing valuable electricity during the day, which can be used to power your home.
Stock up on emergency supplies
When it comes to emergency supplies, prepare for The boy as you would with any major storm. Build an emergency kit that contains food, water and other survival supplies for at least 72 hours. Several experts recommend that one gallon per person per day be maintained for at least three days, with two rooms reserved for drinking and two for food preparation and sanitation. A family of four must store at least 12 gallons. While that saying is unlikely, it never hurts to be prepared.
Prepare an emergency kit for your car too. In the event that you are stuck in the snow, keeping the provisions, water and blankets in the car to make sure you stay warm.
Finally, keep phone numbers for emergency and non-emergency services nearby. If at the end of needing them, you do not want to call 911 for a non-emergency because it is the only number you know. Keep them somewhere visible so that you call the appropriate services you need.
The Child does not have to be scary. It has some advantages. The northeastern United States will take a break from the heavy snowfall of recent years. California is finally going to get a large dose of rain to compensate for the severe drought it has been experiencing.