The winter of 2015-2016 will dump bombshells of blizzards across major U.S. cities, including areas normally not impacted by icy cold. Weather experts advise people to prepare for the worst that nature can deliver.
El Niño is defined as the prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures when compared with the average value. El Niño is considered the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.
"Few people can forget winter's icy bombshell totaling 100 inches of snow in Boston in early 2015, or the seven feet of snow that crippled Buffalo, New York in December 2014," says Brian Houser of Quake Kare, the St. Louis-based provider of emergency survival kits that is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis (www.lhbindustries.com).
The Old Farmer's Almanac, a venerable publication founded in 1792 and North America's oldest continuously published periodical, predicts above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for New England. The publication predicts icy conditions in parts of the South and frigid weather in the Midwest. Snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will begin mid-December.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that this year's El Niño is among the strongest on record. El Niño will influence this winter's weather and climate patterns by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.
"While temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El Niño are favored, El Niño is not the only player," NOAA reports. "Snow forecasts are dependent upon the strength and track of winter storms, which are generally not predictable more than a week in advance."
Unpredictability until a few days before a bad blizzard occurs is one reason why experts are advising people to prepare for the worst and the potential of being stranded in their homes or vehicles.
How to Survive the Worst
The American Red Cross and Quake Kare recommend that preparing for a blizzard, at minimum, should include having these basic supplies at hand. These should be kept at home, in a car, or both:
Quake Kare offers custom-packed and pre-packed emergency survival kits for cars, homes, offices, schools and other applications including choices of hundreds of supplies shipped in self-contained portable containers for easy access. These include non-perishable food, water, first aid kits, hand-crank power radios, light sticks, candles, waterproof matches, ponchos, multi-purpose knives, portable toilets, blankets, tissue packs and emergency tents and other items to help people survive virtually any disaster. www.quakekare.com/car-survival-kits-c-1_3.html
Quake Kare is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps children and adults who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and many support services.
All Quake Kare sales revenues directly support Lighthouse programs including Professional Career Development; Special Technology and Adaptive Resources for Students; Summer Jobs for Students; Continuing Education; Arts & Entertainment Accessibility; Low Vision Aid; and other programs for individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.
For expert advice, contact Quake Kare toll-free at 1 800 2Prepare (1-800-277-3727).
For more information about the Lighthouse for the Blind Saint Louis, contact Brittney Smithers, Marketing Manager, at 800.542.3697 or 314.423.4333.