Local and International Weather Conditions and Forecast

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Local and International Weather Conditions and Forecast

  • Extreme weather is hitting Northern Norway today: “Dangerous to be outdoors” January 21, 2021 10:18 am Norway Today “Stay at home until the storm has passed,” the police chief in Nordland noted. The county will be the first to experience the extreme weather on Thursday. From Thursday afternoon, storms will appear from the east and southeast with extremely strong gusts …
  • Storm Christoph: five severe flood warnings remain in place in UK January 21, 2021 10:07 am The Guardian Five severe flood warnings remained in place in the UK on Thursday morning, after hundreds of properties in Greater Manchester and Wales were evacuated overnight due to flooding from Storm Christoph. Four “severe” flood warnings for danger to life were …
  • D.C.-area forecast: Mild sunshine with less wind before a dry but cold weekend January 21, 2021 10:04 am The Washington Post Today (Thursday): A weak storm is passing far to our south but will probably fling some clouds our way during the morning hours before pulling away, resulting in a mainly clear afternoon. Breezes from the southwest should be mainly light but with an …
  • Chicago Weather: Mostly Sunny And Breezy Next Few Days January 21, 2021 9:51 am CBS Chicago - Illinois CHICAGO (CBS) — Weather in the Chicago area will be relatively quiet for the next several days with mostly sunny skies ahead and breezy conditions. Wednesday night will be breezy and mostly clear with a low temperature of 28 degrees. Thursday will be …
  • Stormy weather could prove to be a tough test for candidates on the campaign trail January 21, 2021 9:51 am CBC/Radio-Canada Ready, set, snow!  Politicians and political hopefuls are off and running, splitting up into their respective districts, knocking on doors and meeting constituents on their turf in hopes of landing in the House of Assembly come February.  Party leaders are …
  • Homeowners put up flood barriers and sandbags as Storm Christoph sweeps in to UK  January 21, 2021 7:58 am Daily Mail Homeowners and businesses are in a race against time to put up flood barriers and sandbags as Storm Christoph swept in from the Atlantic. With two months of rain forecast to lash the country in just two and a half days, flood warnings were issued for all …
  • Liquor Nerd: When the weather turns cold everywhere but Vancouver in the Great White North, warm cocktails are easy January 21, 2021 7:49 am The Georgia Straight When it comes to winters on the West Coast, one might legitimately ask whether those of us living in Lotusland deserve to be envied or pitied. As of this writing, it’s a sun-drenched January day in Vancouver. Should you be out of organic kale chips, sodium …
  • Storm Christoph: Thousands of homes in north of England are EVACUATED January 21, 2021 7:38 am Daily Mail Some 2,000 homes in Greater Manchester were evacuated last night due to flooding caused by Storm Christoph as Boris Johnson vowed to help every part of Britain prepare for more downpours next week.  Police and firefighters worked with Manchester City …
  • Evening Sweetwater County Weather: January 20, 2021 January 21, 2021 7:35 am Wyo 4 News - Wyoming Wyo4News, [email protected] SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING (January 20, 2021) – Here is the seven-day weather forecast for Sweetwater County provided by the U.S. National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming.     Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 19. …
  • Weather in Bulgaria: Warm and Quiet January 21, 2021 7:11 am Novinite Warming trend continues through the week, sunny hours are expected. In many regions it will be almost quiet. Broken cloudiness - high and medium. Sun will shine over the whole country. Light to moderate southwestern wind is expected in the eastern regions. …

Top tips for weathering storm season

Storm Season, Top Tips for Preparing

(BPT) – It’s not over yet. Just past the peak of hurricane season weather forecasters have already had to resort to the Greek alphabet to name storms. And with severe storms and tornados appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm.

One of the biggest threats during any storm is tree damage.

A tree might seem like it would be able to sustain the forces of a large storm, but whether it is unseen internal damage, wet, unstable ground, or proximity to power lines, trees are vulnerable during severe storms and can present a significant hazard. The following tips from expert arborist and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm can help you protect yourself, your family and your property from a storm.

Before the storm

Develop a relationship with a certified tree care professional. By choosing the right company ahead of time, you’ll likely be prioritized as an existing customer when a storm does hit.

Conduct a pre-storm assessment and identify trouble spots

A pre-storm assessment can help you identify potential hazards on your property such as cracks in tree trunks or major limbs, hollow or decayed trees, limbs extending over a roof, or trees in close proximity to power lines.

Take measures to prevent damage

After assessing possible hazards to your property, consider measures to limit potential damage. Remove dead, diseased or damaged limbs. Inspect leaning trees and consider removing those with large cavities. Prune branches that are too close to your house and over the street, and check your gutters and be sure to remove any debris to prevent water damage. For any work in and around your home, consider calling a professional, and always call a professional to assess and/or remove anything within close proximity to utility lines. Never attempt to do this yourself.

During the storm

Don’t try to be a hero. Your property is not more important than your life. Prepare in advance, follow guidelines for evacuation and shelter.

After the storm

Storm season, tips to prepare

More people are injured after a storm than during one. Storm damaged trees present unique challenges and dangers. Put safety first. Evaluate what you can handle and what’s for a professional — anything not on the ground should definitely be handled by a professional. Some things could be a threat to your life such as large broken or hanging limbs where chainsaw work is needed, or branches that are too close to a utility line. Never approach or attempt to move downed utility lines and report branches close to or touching utility lines immediately.

If you’re skilled enough to do the work yourself, always wear proper attire and protective equipment including boots, gloves, protective glasses, chainsaw protective pants, a helmet system and hearing protection. Never operate a chainsaw from a ladder, roof, in a tree or while standing on any other insecure surface — leave these jobs for the pros.

Evaluate damage

A storm-damaged tree may not have to be removed. Inspect your trees to see if they’re healthy despite storm damage. If at least 50% of the tree’s crown is still intact, and the remaining branches can form a new branch structure, then there is a good chance the tree can be saved.

Repair minor damage & debris

Remove any broken branches, stubs or jagged remains of limbs. Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger ones. Don’t worry if the tree’s appearance is not perfect.

Stay educated

Learn more tips on tree safety, chainsaw safety, finding a tree care professional, and how to prepare for storms by visiting STIHLUSA.com.

Mark Chisholm

Mark Chisholm is a third-generation arborist with his family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey and STIHL Inc. spokesperson.

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