Old Man Winter Visits in 2013

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The United States experienced some unprecedented warmth in the winters of 2011 and 2012, with last year’s being one of the warmest recorded in the history of the contiguous U.S. On top of that, the summer of 2012 held the same record. Precipitation has been lacking as well – only ten states received above average rainfall last winter, and the coasts in particular were suffering. It’s difficult not to notice the lack of sparsely full thermometers and minimal snow, so the question on everyone’s lips this fall is: Will Old Man Winter be back this year?

Our country has seen its most severe drought in upwards of half a century this year, and it’s difficult not to wonder if this means there will be little snow again. While winter recluses might enjoy this, environmentalists think it is a cause for concern.

The Farmer’s Almanac seems to think that the answer is 50/50. Residents of the eastern half of the country, the Almanac implies, should be making appointments with their heating and cooling service providers to make sure that their furnaces are in working order – because they will be getting plenty of use this year. Plenty of snowfall is expected on the east coast and nearby states. However, as if the country is to be divided in half, the warmth and dryness is anticipated to persist.

States that can expect true signs of Jack Frost are in the Great Lakes area, but going as far deep as the Gulf Coast, we can expect some extra snowflakes and temperatures hovering close to zero Fahrenheit.

No one wants to be stuck in a snowstorm with frozen-over furnaces. That being said, keeping up on HVAC maintenance is imperative for the environment, for your wallet, and for your comfort. Not getting routine checkups will prove only to cause more expensive repairs in the future; it’s fairly inexpensive (and largely beneficial) to make sure everything is in working order before the snowstorms hit. While this is a PSA for the east coast in particular, it’s a good idea for residents all across the country.

In addition, in the coming months, it’s always a good idea to have the necessary supplies on-hand should an unexpected storm hit. It’s always recommended to start stocking up on salt, snow shovels, ice scrapers, and antifreeze in the late fall, as we’re all aware how quickly those things fly off the shelves at the first sight of a snowflake on the forecast.

So, bundle up, East Coast! And, as for the Westerners, enjoy your extended summer and fall.

This is a guest post.   Heather Beleno is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites.

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