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Friday, January 8, 2010

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 17:  Heavy snow falls on ...

You can't say you weren't warned...

Just a few quick items today:

I mentioned earlier in the month how this is an El Nino year. Past experience tells us that in an El Nino influenced winter, we can see more frequent and more severe ice storms. The freezing rain over Christmas resulted in thousands of families being without power until earlier today. That's 3-4 days without power in sub zero temperatures. We may see more of this type of weather as winter is just getting started. If you don't have batteries stored, a supplemental heating plan and a way to cook food without electricity, next time, it might be you that is suffering.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2009/12/29/ottawa-ice-storm-power.html?ref=rss

When you travel away from home, you need some items in your vehicle to help you get through tough times, if you get stuck or break down - particularly in the winter. Enough said.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,581303,00.html?test=latestnews

Tire pressure:

It's cold outside. The colder the temperature, the lower the air pressure in your vehicles tires. A tire filled to 32 lbs at 21C will read about 29-30 @ -5C and even lower at -20C. Conversely, as temperatures heat up, the air in a tire will expand and pressure will increase. For every 10 degrees of temperature change you need to check and adjust your tire pressure to maintain the recommended pressure that can be found on the label affixed to the driver's side door jam. Failing to regularly check and adjust tire pressure, reduces the life of the tire, affects the tire's ability to grip the road and impacts on gas mileage that usually results in costing you more money. Correctly inflated tires can save your life. It's easy to check so there is no excuse other than laziness not to.

[What have you done today to prepare?]
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