With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the dawn of another winter is upon us. The visions of fun outdoor winter activities can bring great joy to some while others may already be dreaming of next spring.
The temperature has begun to drop and in some places, there’s even been snow on the ground. The question at this point isn’t if it’s going to get cold, but rather how cold it’s going to get. Whether you are a fan of the season or not, the reality is that the weather is about to drastically shift.
Fortunately, winters have been experienced and researched for centuries. In that time, many have put together telltale indicators on how cold the upcoming winter is going to be, some based on scientific evidence, some based on folklore passed on from generation to generation. Whichever method you trust more, there are some quick projections you can rely on or a few things you can look for to make the projection yourself.
The Farmer’s Almanac for example predicts weather trends by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity. Solar science, climatology and meteorology are combined to formulate an as accurate as possible estimate. Their scientific method of forecasting puts an emphasis on how temperature and precipitation will deviate from averages observed over the last 30 years. This winter’s forecast is calling for a colder winter than last year…
Observing animal behavior has been a popular indicator for winter weather in years past. Geese and ducks departing early, squirrels gathering nuts or even pigs collecting sticks can point toward particularly cold temperature. If you can frequently spot halos or rings around the sun or the moon, get ready for some snowfall. A warm October, a cold February – or so the legend goes.
No matter what your source of predictions may say, the best way to get a handle on winter is to get ahead of it. Being prepared to handle the harsh elements is half the battle to surviving another winter. This is no different than when talking about commercial and industrial environments.
These processes, applications and infrastructure must be prepared ahead of time to face the harsh conditions winter brings. Implementing winter safety techniques now can save time, cost and more if the winter happens to bring significant damage.