Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The Alberta Cipper Comes Calling
Part of the haste with splitting another load of firewood the other day was the predicted approach of yet another Alberta Clipper storm into the plains. These Winter formations of frigid air and snow are the single worst we get as far as Winter storms go around here. Generally pushing the temperatures down 20 or 30 degrees below our average and really testing our preps and requiring those of us in the middle belt of states to pretend we are actually Northerners for a couple of days.
This plays right along with what I have said about bee keeping in the border states before. Those of us along that line have to learn to keep bees and livestock equally as not only our Southern neighbors do but as the Northern ones do as well. It also plays merry hell with water storage solutions and adds costs to building solutions that our Southern peers don't have. Of course come Summers however we have heat issues our Northern peers don't have either. Makes for a unique trade off we have to consider but as I mentioned adds a lot of costs that can basically sit idle for years at times. It also means you can live in the area for decades and still not experience the worst extremes of conditions and not even know you need to be prepared for them.
Typically when we are struck by one of these Canadian freeze attacks it doesn't last more than 3 days before things begin to warm up again. During the Winter of 2013 - 14 we got these things like every week for months and it was one of the hardest Winters I ever remember having around here. We had pipes freezing and cold air rushing into places I had never experienced before and a new development when the clippers retreated and we got frigid air coming up from the South. Never seen 40+ MPH winds at single or sub-zero temps from the South in my life. Nor had many of the old timers. The natural progression of storms around here lead everyone to naturally be protected from the North and West when the clippers came screaming back from the South it caused havoc on everyone that year.
This Winter however these storms have been relatively tame, pretty few and spaced far apart and the best part they should be coming to an end within the next two weeks or so. They seem to be mostly a December through February phenomenon.
Can't wait for them to be over though. We use about 5 times the amount of firewood when one comes a callin.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!