Are your home’s windows and doors ready for a cold, snowy, windy winter? Hoping for a good snowmobiling, skiing, and ice-fishing season? Start smiling cause it’s lookin that way.
The weather forecasts seem to be pointing to a cold, rainy near term forecast, normal in the fall, and snowy throughout Dec, Jan and Feb. It’s not hard to imagine some ice storms thrown in there as well, as we had last year.
And the term “Polar Vortex” keeps coming up for the core part of North America yet Ontario’s forecast might not be so bad.
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young.
There’s nothing like weather forecasts to bring out people’s moods. Based on not much more than their own speculation, we’ll hear everything from Armageddon to bliss. But let’s the give the forecaster’s a chance. In my experience, the weather forecaster’s are fairly good at forecasting overall trends. They seemed to get it right on their predictions for the cooler than average winter of 2013/2014.
The Big Predictions for Winter 2014/15
These 3 sources don’t quite agree on what’s going to happen. But, let’s put off our skepticism for a moment and check out Farmer’s Almanac, Accuweather and Environment Canada for forecasts.
Accuweather is forecasting a warmer than average fall and that cold weather really won’t arrive until February. And then in February, it will be snowy. They’re thinking the SuperBowl will be SnowBowl 2015.
Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a much cooler fall and winter this year. They’re also suggesting it will be cold here in the northeast.
Farmer’s Almanac describes their methodology this way: “We employ three scientific disciplines to make our long-range predictions: solar science, the study of sunspots and other solar activity; climatology, the study of prevailing weather patterns; and meteorology, the study of the atmosphere. We predict weather trends and events by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity.”
This winter EC is predicting above normal temperatures which is in contrast to Farmer’s Almanac and Accuweather forecasts which are for normal to cooler overall. For us in the North Toronto area, it looks like a normal one for temperature and precipitation.
So there you have it, the forecast for winter of 2014/2015 looks like a fairly normal one with perhaps some big snowstorms. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking for more energy efficient windows and doors.
You’d be surprised at the amount of energy (money) lost through your window glass. The great thing about new windows is how you can have larger windows, patio doors, and even skylights and not worry so much about heat loss.
Get ready for winter, because it’s not far away!