Winter is just around the corner and many people in the Midwest are preparing for another snowstorm. Snowstorms in the Midwest are increasing slowly over time. It's important to prepare for winter storms ahead of time to protect your health and safety. It's also a good idea to be informed about climate change so you can plan accordingly. In this article, we'll talk about what you should do before, during, and after a winter storm as well as how climate change will affect snowfall patterns by 2021.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Before a storm, make sure you have enough food in your house to last for at least three days. The grocery store may be closed or out of stock when the weather gets bad so it's important to plan ahead. Make sure you also have plenty of water on hand because during winter storms there is often no running water since pipes are likely to freeze. You'll need around one gallon per person, per day plus extra for pets if they become separated from their owner and can't find food outside.
If you live with young children under five years old, elderly people over 65 years old, or disabled individuals who cannot take care of themselves, consider having an emergency kit that includes items like diapers/pull-ups, baby formula, medications (if applicable), and medical equipment (canes, walkers).
Your home should also be winterized. This means you can keep your house at a comfortable temperature even if the power goes out.
Create an emergency kit of supplies. Your emergency items should include flashlights with extra batteries, candles, fire extinguisher(s), blankets/sleeping bags, snow shovel(s), sand, or non-clumping cat litter to help water from pipes freeze in case they burst during storm season when temperatures are below freezing for extended periods of time. Tools like crowbars and wrenches will let you turn off valves in case there's any risk of flooding after a pipe bursts. which could happen if too much heat is applied to it once.
How Climate Change Will Affect Snowfall in the Midwest
Climate change is affecting snowfall in the midwest during winter 2021-2022. Scientists from the NOAA predict climate change will lead to more frequent and intense snowstorms. Higher temperatures mean there's more moisture available for precipitation which results in heavier snowfalls when it does accumulate on land.
In conclusion - whether you're a native Midwesterner or just visiting this season - it's important to be prepared before a storm hits.