With the arrival of November, fall is nearly halfway over. Now is the perfect time to cozy up in that favorite sweater and enjoy the colorful leaves and crisp air. This is the season to sip hot apple cider and huddle around a toasty bonfire, roasting marshmallows. Everyone should be quick and take advantage of this idyllic fall weather because winter is just a few weeks away. This winter is special, though, because the Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts it to be as brutal as the winter of 2013.


Don't let the cold weather get you down. A little extra preparation now will save you time and money later.

Don’t let the cold weather get you down. A little extra preparation now will save you time and money later.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been published every September for the following year every year since 1972, making it the oldest periodical to publish continuously. With 80 percent accuracy, the Almanac has proven to be a valuable source of weather information.

For the upcoming 2014 to 2015 winter, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts bitterly cold winter, pretty similar to last winter. Everyone should expect and prepare for records amount of snow fall. This means public works should be stocking up on salt, sand, snow plows and employees before the heavy storms set in. For the rest of us, this means prepping for a very long, frigid winter. Snow shovels or snow blowers will be crucial to making it possible to get the car out of the garage. Everyone should update that old, dingy, torn winter jacket to something more substantial to help maintain warmth on the occasions involving exposure to the unforgiving winter weather.

Last winter season, there were winter advisories cautioning people in some parts of the country – including Connecticut – to avoid spending more than a few minutes outside due to the risk of fast on-set frostbite. For this reason, any children who must walk to school should be properly dressed to ensure their safety. As little bare skin should show as possible, so coats, scarves, hats, gloves, winter boots, and even winter masks are a necessity to protect the little ones.

Any homeowners should utilize the mild fall weather to ensure the heating systems in their homes are functioning properly. Gas or oil furnaces require yearly maintenance, inspection and cleaning for safe and efficient functioning. Homes that utilize fireplace or wood stoves must have their annual chimney sweep and inspection done prior to the cold weather. This good practice helps to make sure the fire systems are running smoothly and safely and that you can use your fireplace or stove without worries.

If you have any questions regarding the best way to prepare for the frigidly forecasted winter that is only a few weeks away, get in touch with a specialist. Contact Tri County Hearth and Patio Center of Waldorf, Maryland for a professional consultation and to speak with someone about your option.