Japan issued tsunami warnings this morning after a powerful earthquake, preliminary magnitude of 8.1, hit the islands just north of Japan. Aside from a few flurries or light snow showers Wednesday night and Thursday, snow-lovers will have to keep waiting for the snowfall.
Wednesday, November 15th marks the one year anniversary of the deadly outbreak of tornadoes that moved through Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Indiana. New information released by the National Climatic Data Center shows that October 2006 was the 29th coolest October on record! The latest forecast for the nation shows November 2006 will likely average slightly above average.
Having said that, confidence is now getting higher that a messy system will affect the upper Midwest for Wednesday. Personalize your online experience to stay up-to-date on news, events and other information. Snow and ice storms produce an average accumulation of 16-24 inches annually in Rockville, and are typically spread over several events.
The City clears snow from 160 lane miles of roadways, 30 miles of publicly owned sidewalks, walkways and pathways, and 18 City-owned facilities and parks with parking lots.
Primary roads that consist of major arterial roads, emergency routes, central business districts and primary residential roads near schools.
Secondary roads that consist of the remainder of neighborhood streets, alleyways and cul-de-sacs.
Sidewalks, driveways and entrances are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, occupant, community association or business for snow removal. City crews coordinate road clearing and sidewalk work depending on the severity of the storm. Residents without driveways, or who have more vehicles than will fit in the driveway, may park on the even-numbered side of the street only. In courts or cul-de-sacs, where house numbers are not even on one side of the street and odd on the other, parking is allowed only on the left side of the streets as one enters the cul-de-sac or court.
Once a snow emergency is declared by the City Manager, pay special attention to the City’s website, e-mail notices, Facebook and Twitter for announcements that a snow emergency plan is in effect. Be prepared for winter weather by maintaining an adequate supply of shovels, salt or sand for your sidewalks and driveways. There are also opportunities to volunteer when others who may not be able to clear snow need some help. When weather has the possibility of affecting a City program, meeting or facility, every attempt is made to maintain standard operations throughout the City.
Why can’t plow operators tilt their blades towards the center when plowing cul-de-sacs to deposit the snow in the center island and not in front of the driveways along the cul-de-sac? Why can’t City crews clear snow in one pass at the end of the storm, instead of making multiple passes that require residents to clear the end of their driveway, and sidewalks, multiple times? As Colorado natives well know, weather in the state can go from tranquil and mild to winter storm conditions in a short period of time. Today’s message from the NWS highlights the importance of having a proper emergency kit in your vehicle and should the worst-case scenario occur where you get stuck, what you should do to survive.
Winter Weather Preparedness Week continues through Saturday, October 27 as proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper.
If you should become stranded during a winter storm stay with your vehicle and do not panic.
In the mountains avalanches become a possibility in the winter especially below steep slopes. Roads which appear to be clear in the wintertime may actually be coated with a thin layer of ice commonly known as black ice. When braking on icy and snow-packed roads it is recommended that you apply steady pressure to the pedal just to the point of brake lock-up allowing plenty of extra stopping distance. Tony HakeDenver Weather ExaminerTony Hake's fascination with weather started as a sixth-grader, when an F2 tornado struck Thornton, Colorado, about 4 miles from his house - a twister that is still considered the worst ever to hit the Denver metro area. Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi concert due to state's new anti-gay lawRock and roll star Bryan Adams has canceled his scheduled show in Mississippi due to the state’s new law, according to ABC News on Monday.
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We have had our fair share of unexpected winter weather that threw then entire state into a state of panic.
My dad’s truck had a camper shell, so my nephew and I rode in the back while mom and dad were in the front. You would think that would be a hard enough hit for the state to be ready if something like that should happen again. There are a few things you should always keep in your car, and there are some that are more seasonal. Extra Clothing – You could use the clothing as added layers for protection against the cold, or as dry clothes to change into if your clothes get wet.
Of course at home you have the standards — spare clothing, spare blankets, food, water, etc, but what if the power goes out?

Stay in one room – In order to conserve heat, it would be a good idea to keep everyone in one room (or two, if need be). Keep Curtains Closed – Snow is pretty, yes, but opening the blinds and curtains will only allow make the air in the room colder.
Change of Clothes – Just like your car, it would help to have a spare change of clothing at work for the same reason. Extra Cell Phone Charger – Again, you could get a solar charger, or you could get a second wall charger to keep at work.
Blanket – In the rare chance that you might have to sleep at work, a blanket will keep you warm. Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Keep multiple fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out. Related Posts :10 Items to Include in a Lights Out Kit Greenhouse Tips --- Why You Need A Greenhouse What is a Prepper? Patrick BlairPatrick is a Christ follower, the father of a special needs daughter with a brilliant personality and two musically talented sons, the husband of a beautiful and incredibly wonderful woman, an avid cook and gardener, a craftsman, and a hopeful homesteader with a passion for researching. I spoke with two groups of third graders about the power of weather, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
No, that is not the actual picture of Ledgewood School…but I am sure there was a one-room school house near Roscoe that looked like this! You know it must have been bad because all of the schools were closed because of cold wind and heavy snow. We’re more than half way through Autumn and not much has fallen here in the Rockford area! The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center issues forecasts for winter-type events in advance and they’ve got an ominous blue oval over the Upper Midwest for Wednesday. With myConnection, the profile you create allows you to set up a unique starting point for the tasks and transactions that you want to complete in your time on this website.
Clearing city streets and sidewalks is a difficult process that takes time, hard work and good communication between residents, business owners and the City. Accessible curb ramps, sidewalks and pathways that abut publicly-owned property are cleared by crews from City departments. The City Manager may declare a snow emergency and will announce the status through local media, via the City's website and on Rockville 11. Clear ice, snow and leaves from around fire hydrants and storm drains, and avoid shoveling snow into the street when possible. Decisions about whether to cancel morning programs or close facilities will be made by 6 a.m. Before hitting the road, residents need to ensure that they and their vehicles are prepared for when inclement weather strikes. Before winter weather arrives in earnest it is highly recommended that you prepare your car or truck for winter travel.
For those without anti-lock brakes another suggestion is to gently tap on the brake pedal several times just prior to applying steady pressure. This is how we keep our site free for you and other readers, so we greatly appreciate when you do purchase through our links! We paid for the kerosene, got right into the truck, and went back home to fill the kerosene heater and stay warm!
The state is prepared for minor weather problems, but when you start talking about most of the state being shut down because of black ice on all of the roadways, they’re not equipped to handle that. One father whose 5 year old child was stranded at school walked 6 miles just to spend the night at the school with his daughter! Pour it around your drive tires (the ones that actually move when you step on the gas pedal), and ease onto the gas pedal to get yourself unstuck. If you DO get stuck, and can get yourself unstuck, put the snow chains on the tires to get yourself home, or at least to somewhere warm and safe.
While you probably already have one that plugs into a car outlet, you might think of investing in a solar powered cell phone charger.
An emergency radio will let you find out what is going on with the weather and any emergency relief efforts so you’ll have a little more peace of mind. You can layer your clothing, or use them as dry clothes if your clothes get wet in the weather. House fires pose an additional risk in winter months because more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

He and his wife live as frugally as possible and try daily to live as God intends them to live. They also need good circulation in order not to smoke-up the whole house, so if you closed off the room, I would imagine it would get pretty smoky… God bless you, too! Now’s a great time (especially before the holiday rush) to get the necessary items for your vehicle. An area of low pressure will develop over Nebraska on Tuesday and rapidly deepen as it moves southeast. Use myConnection to gather the information that you most care about from across this website into one central location, giving you greater control over how you connect with your community. Following these tips will help the City return to normal operations as quickly as possible. If you can help, call the Senior Center and center officials will work to pair you with a senior in need of help in your neighborhood. Run the motor every hour for about ten minutes to maintain warmth but keep windows open a little to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide. However, avalanche control work is performed on many avalanche prone roads in Colorado making the roads safer to travel.
Persons traveling in light weight or high profile vehicles should avoid travel during these strong wind events especially on north-south oriented roads.
We had to shovel snow from our driveway just to get the truck out to get to the station a few miles away that sold kerosene. There were school buses trapped on the roads with children in them, cars abandoned on the interstates, big rigs stuck on the road — all unable to move. However, if you are concerned (and you should be), you can always get a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of danger. You could also use bubble wrap to line your window panes with an added layer of insulation. A radio like this one would be perfect because it’s hand crank powered, tunes in AM and FM stations as well as NOAA weather stations. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious.
One nice thing about being in Texas is I don’t have to worry much about freezing weather! I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a few Meteorologists out of the group in fifteen years or so.
This will tug copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it continues it’s left-hand turn.
Right now it appears that low pressure will develop rapidly over Central Illinois on Wednesday. Caution is advised when traveling along avalanche prone roads, especially during and shortly after a heavy snowstorm or during periods of rapid snowmelt. Let’s draw our focus into the importance of winter preparedness and how to be better prepared.
Also, if you have a fireplace that isn’t in use, you can put the heater in or near the fireplace and open the flue to help vent any carbon monoxide.
We did hit black ice once and totaled our car, so I definitely agree with minimizing travel during icy conditions! You can see the snow-covered roads in the foreground with the icy Arctic Ocean in the background.
As you remember, Summer 2006 was the second warmest summer the nation has seen since records began late in the 19th century. The preferred stormtrack by the models shows a track from Wichita to Cape Girardeau, Mo, then up to Indianapolis by Thursday morning. Keep the car visible with brightly colored cloths tied to the side view mirrors, door handles or external antenna. Because the stormtrack will be more than 100 miles away from Rockford during the course of its trek, accumulating snow is looking less likely for our region. Rain will change to snow over much of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin Wednesday night. In addition, a new and free smartphone application, CDOT Mobile, provides road conditions for the I-70 mountain corridor and will eventually include other roads in Colorado. With no snow expected before Thanksgiving, this could go down as month with no memorable snow events. However, climatology tells us that the end of the month is the most favored time and I have a hunch that something good may come down the pike in about two weeks time.
Let’s wait for a few more model runs before jumping to any conclusions…but stay tuned! As the storm rotates up into Michigan for Thursday, we’ll definitely have a wind-maker!

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