Emergency and Winter Preparedness


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No matter where you live in North America, you may have been hearing that long-range weather forecasts are calling for some pretty bad weather for many parts of the country. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports sea surface temperatures along the equator have decreased dramatically, setting us up for a strong La Nina in the season ahead. Generally speaking La Nina, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, brings wetter, cooler weather for upper North America and drier conditions for the southern United States. The worst of La Nina’s cold and snow is slated for the Pacific Northwest, the northern Plains and western Great Lakes regions. So cities like Portland and Seattle that escaped last year with a very nice winter should expect a much colder, snowier winter. Areas around Fargo, Minneapolis and Milwaukee should also receive above-normal winter snowfalls. 

Other parts of the county predicted to receive above-normal winter snowfall include Chicago, Omaha, Detroit and Cleveland. Forecasts call for severe cold in Alaska and western and central Canada, too. The Central Rockies are expected to experience greater-than-normal swings between winter’s coldest and warmest days as a result of conflicting warm and cold air masses. The dry area will be the lower southern half of the United States, from east to west, which is expected to receive less rainfall than average contributing to continued drought conditions for those areas

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

2 Responses

  1. re: Emergency and Winter Preparedness

    Quick tip for winter riders: I live in NY, and it gets DAMN cold. I bring my old hair dryer on chilly winter days to warm up my bit. much quicker than blowing on it or sticking it in your bra!

  2. re: Emergency and Winter Preparedness

    I loved the article on winter and emergency preparedness.

    I’d like to share a small tip:  we use a plastic toboggan to haul around our bales of hay when we get snow here in northern KY. It just glides across the snow, and I can put hay ou

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