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Less Snow, More Blizzards, More Reason to be Prepared

Scientists think we will start seeing more blizzards, but less overall snowfall, in coming years based on their theories on global warming. This could mean more hazardous conditions for drivers as well as those with the wisdom to stay home in bad weather.

Sudden blizzards can not only make it impossible to drive, but they can also knock out power for days, weeks, or even longer.

Now is a good time to consider a preparedness plan for your family. Everyone should have their own emergency kit. You should also pack an emergency kit for your pets who rely on you to take care of them in an emergency. Consider storing water for emergency use if pipes freeze and you can’t get water to your home.

We’ve also discussed the importance of having an emergency car kit. If you must go out in hazardous weather, make sure you have what you need to stay safe if there is an emergency. Really, staying home is the best course of action.

What are you supposed to do while you’re snowed in? Well if you still have power, or at least a working cell phone, you can assist with some weather research. According to an article from The Atlantic Wire, you can help researches gather snowstorm data.

With an app called mPing, you can collect all kinds of weather-related data and send it to The National Severe Storms Laboratory. This data will help them develop algorithms that aid in detecting and reporting various types of precipitation.

Data is needed from all over the US, so download the app for the Ping Project and help out the NSSL scientists, no matter what type of weather you are experiencing.

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