Everyone always seems to want to know what the future holds with regards to weather patterns. And whether you’re a believer in climate change or not, it can’t be denied that the US has experienced a string of natural disasters at a higher frequency. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, severe thunderstorms, and other weather events have caused massive amounts of damage to homes and cities. But what does the future hold for the autumn and winter of 2016-2017? It may be impossible to know for sure, but key markers have helped give us hints as to what the coming change in seasons means for weather across the Midwest.
Believe it or not, the United States has just experienced its fifth hottest summer ever in recorded history, and it looks as though the pendulum will swing to the other extreme this winter. The National Weather Service has published their predictions and forecasts for the coming winter, and their report is far from encouraging. Apparently, weather cycles such as La Nina combined with the Polar and Pacific Jet Streams could mean that we’re in for a rough winter. We already opened 2016 in the US with a rather powerful ice storm, and it could be that we experience another strong storm this winter.
Part of their report forecasted unusually high amounts of snowfall due to predictions based on current weather patterns. Whether or not these predictions will come to fruition is yet to be seen, but it certainly seems reasonable that they could forecast massive amounts of snow based on current patterns and conditions.
Preparing for the Future
Though things may sound pretty bleak, you can certainly take proactive measures to ensure that damages from strong storms are severely mitigated. One of the first things you would want to do is get your roof inspected to make sure there aren’t any leaks or related problems like structural damage. Ice can easily dam on your roof during the fall and winter, which will only make the problems worse as ice melts and refreezes, constantly seeping into cracks and making holes wider.
In addition, even a small leak in your roof can help grow mold, which is a costly mistake if it’s allowed to spread throughout your home. It’s also worth taking the time to revisit and review your homeowners insurance policy. Large storms and weather events are increasing in frequency this year, and you may want to add extra coverage to your policy to prevent catastrophic damage from thrashing your financial future.
Whether you believe in climate change or not, it can’t be denied that we have experienced an exceeding amount of strong and damaging storms recently in the Midwest. Things don’t look too great for the future, either, and it’s best to reach out to a construction company with qualifications in areas like water damage restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, and repair services as soon as possible. Procrastinating usually just makes the problem grow faster, so reach out if you need a helping hand.