October was a month of records for Siberia and its winter. Siberia experienced the worst blizzard of a decade on top of record snowfall for 2015, and this could translate into a serious winter for us here in the United States. This is because it is widely believed that above-average snowfall in Siberia affects the polar vortex – sending bitterly cold temps the the Northeast. Of course due to several other factors, including El Niño, some experts are still uncertain what this years extra snowfall in Siberia could translate into. Either way, here are some suggestions on how to prepare for another rough winter, courtesy of USA Today:
“Here are some things you can do:
• Stack up on wood for your fireplace, ready space heaters and store extra heating fuel. (Always store fuel in a well-ventilated place.)
• Keep winter clothing and extra blankets handy.
• Insulate walls and attics. Weather strip windows and doors. Consider installing storm windows.
• Clear overhanging branches and weak trees. The extra weight of ice can break branches and topple trees.
• Know where water valves are and learn how to close them in case of pipe bursts.
• Have your roof examined to ensure it can withstand the weight of ice and snow. Just one cubic foot of snow can weigh 20 pounds.
• Make sure propane tanks and other hazardous liquids and materials are stored properly in vented areas.
• Find out where local shelters are set up ahead of time. Organizations such as the Red Cross will often provide shelters during cold months.
• Turn your thermostats to 68 degrees. This habit will help you conserve fuel during long-lasting cold spells.”
Read more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/11/07/record-siberian-snow-could-bode-ill-northeast/75224060/