Over the entirety of the United States (and the world) wild weather has been especially prevalent this year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is the result of the oscillating weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina.  We are currently in the La Nina phase, which is characterized by warmer than normal winter temperatures in the Southeast (like Florida) and cooler than normal temperatures in the Northwest.

However, as we all know, weather is not stationary, and what affects part of the country spreads to the east, and the rest of the U.S.  On November 10, La Nina was announced, stating it was “weak,” and expected to be “short-lived.” While this could be good news, in the short term, it has had devastating effect.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the wild weather recently crossing our country – from the blizzard and nor’easter survivors in the Northeast to those rebuilding after the tornadic rampage that has been sweeping the south.

Your local news generally provides the most up-to-date information about dangerous weather conditions in your area.  All safety experts agree: Have a plan; have non-perishables stockpiled {Don’t forget the bottled water!} (not just for hurricanes!); make sure your generators are functional, in good working order, and gassed up; have pet supplies available, including carriers; know shelter options; and above all else, have a good weather radio with plenty of batteries so you can keep updated about severe weather!

La Nina events typically bring more Atlantic hurricanes, so while you are preparing for the current weather severity (tornadoes, damaging hail and winds) get your hurricane supplies in order as well!

And, after the wild weather, the biggest part of moving forward is clean up! Huntington Lawn Care will be there to assist with yard debris after the storm – tornado, hurricane, or just Florida weather! Give us a call if you live in Lake, Sumter, or Citrus Counties in Florida and we will be there to help!

Be safe!

 

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