Are You Ready For Ol' Man Winter? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/21/02

Are You Ready For Ol' Man Winter?

If you've forgotten, yes, it does snow in West Texas, and Thursday is Texas Winter Weather Awareness Day, a perfect time to be getting ready. "Just to get people thinking about winter storms and the potential adverse effects of winter storms and start preparing before the winter season begins," says Ed Calianese, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

With some snow in the forecast, you should definitely be stocking up at home. "Just stocking up on some non-perishable food items, having extra bottled water on hand, and possibly an emergency heat source.

If you're traveling and we're expecting winter weather conditions, put some extra supplies in your vehicle," says Calianese. Like jumper cables, some bottled water, flares, don't forget your first aid kit, a blanket and of course you're going to need the ice scraper.

This year, all this stuff is especially important. That's because this year is an El Nino year. That's when the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal, pushing the jet stream over the southern states, which increases the chances of numerous storms in West Texas. "In the South Plains area, El Nino seasons tend to be 80% wetter than non-El Nino season," says Calianese.

So get ready, because it's coming and mother nature doesn't care if you're ready or not.

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