Due to my health issues I watch the weather very closely, I have multiple sites that I load several times a day and watch the patterns of it all, terrestrial and solar weather.
After watching the weather VERY closely all summer, I am predicting that the area I'm in, Missouri, is going to have a VERY hard winter. I'm doing a lot of insulation things in this rental, as I think I will need all I can get.
T Blankinship wrote:
Same for Kansas. I hope it is not like what we had in February 2021, -16F was the coldest day and that was stressful winter.
I'm insulating off the assumption it will be that bad again.
You are near me, did you notice the cold fronts that came through all summer? Looking at the extent of them as they moved in and out, if it was winter they would have been calling them polar vortexes, and they'd have been snowing. All summer. I counted 8 of them in 3 months, wreaked havoc on my garden as they chilled out and flooded out my plants. I assume the polar vortexes will continue into the winter.
This is why I'm insulating. Using dumpster kill, it's what I have.
Bricolage Projects: the kitchen floor That right there will help the kitchen a lot, I have gotten most of the rest of the kitchen in previous years. There were holes up from the crawlspace to under the cabinets that the mice used for a freeway. The rest of the house is equally problematic. I have had blankets on the floor of my room since we moved in, where I don't walk on the far side of my bed and don't care if they slide around. The floors are COLD. And the windows actually blow the curtains when shut. Whee. New windows, installed horribly.
Check all the places you might want done if it does get that cold again. I had ice in the house last Feb, I don't want that again. And I didn't lose power, and this place has a heat pump with gas backup. And I had ice....
I did notice the cold fronts that came through, I work outside most of the week and it did cool off a little but then the heat came back. It was not a strong front. I had work done to my house due to a bad storm on 11 July 2020. That helped a little with the cold. For me the biggest stressor in February was the idea that one could lose power and gas at the same time. I did not like that idea. Fortunately that did not happen to me but a town to the west did have power issues.
I wonder what Doug Heady and his Heady Pattern will say about this winter?
You should never forget that every creature has its purpose in the cycle of nature and can also be very important to humans. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
Thanks for the reminder, Pearl.... and also the reminder to pick up next year's Farmer's Almanac next time I am at the feed store! I am lucky, my house is fairly well insulated... but I may go check to see if the long johns still fit me!