Saturday, January 4, 2014
We still have snow left from the other day and they are predicting another storm should be moving in any minute now.
Actually the predictions for exactly what is coming our way are wildly variable and no two places seem to agree on what is going to happen. This is a good time to briefly mention another important aspect of post collapse self sustained living that will be important.
Last night right after sun down the wind shifted or more to the point started up blowing hard out of the South. That is not the direction our wind usually comes from but is a good sign of warming temps when it does. The temps began climbing all night long, another good sign that something is brewing.
What we are seeing is the moist warm front advancing up from the South and pushing the cold dry air back into the North. Ya pretty basic stuff but there may come a time when this kind of basic weather knowledge could save your life because this time of year a cold dry front to the North is NOT going to be pushed around much especially with the Jet Stream backing it.
This storm is building now just to the North of us and will shortly perhaps come raging back Southwards now armed with all that moist ammo it took from the front that was pushing it backwards. There is already snow shown as falling in Southern Iowa. The real question, and one the forecasters cannot really answer, is just how bad it is going to be. That explains the wide variance in predictions.
What my weather sense tells me is it has the potential to go either way but it being January now it is best to prepare for the worst.
So once again here I am. Splitting another load of wood. Covering everything with tarps. Starting the tractor and generator and just generally getting everything ready just in case.
My cold seems to have left my sinus cavities for the most part which means I can once again think reasonably well but it has settled down in my chest a bit and that slows me down a bit as well in the manual labor department. Not to mention my ribs hurt from all the sneezing so now when I cough I have to hold my torso to lessen the pain. Oh well at least I know I am not dead eh.
A quick grocery run at 6AM this morning to beat the motorized coupon shopping crowd and we are all stocked up and ready for a big storm. Of course that means we won't get hit with anything but what's a prepper to do if he can't be ready.
Still forecasting a low of -11 for tomorrow night. Oh and my Mother bought a little kiddy pool for the barn dog. I found a place for it and filled it with old sheep wool that he had made himself a bed out of. He doesn't like his dog house very much and one of the barn cats that refuses to come inside has taken his house over anyway so now he has a kiddie pool full of sheep wool to burro into although my bet is he will be in the house tomorrow night anyway.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!