I’ve had several discussions about the coming winter over the last week or so. Most have heard the talk and predictions that the coming winter will be a bad one.
Talk is talk, but how often do people take action?
One thing we planned for this fall was getting our chimney cleaned. Karen talked to the chimney sweep company yesterday and they’re probably not going to get to us until the beginning of December. Karen set up an appointment. They might be able to get to us before that. Might.
The woman she talked to said that it’s been crazy busy for their business, a lot more than normal.
The last time they were this crazy busy was in the fall and early winter of 1999.
Back during the run-up to Y2K.
I guess people were getting ready just in case the power went away because some computers wouldn’t compute properly after the date change to 2000.
We had a pretty cold and snowy winter last year – accompanied by a lot of power outages. Many people had to resort to using their fireplaces more than normal and, for some, normal fireplace use was none at all. That was pretty much us most years.
Given the experience of last winter and the predictions for the upcoming winter, it seems that more than just a few are taking action to prepare.
Current predictions from Weather Bell.
The numbers on the image on the left are the departure from normal in degrees Celsius. To get the departure from normal in Fahrenheit, multiply by 1.8, which means that the dark blue area is projected to average 7.2°F below normal.
The percentage on the chart on the right is simply a projection of the percent of normal snowfall that will be seen.