There will be a few milder days but the chill is -- in general -- here to stay. We'll feel a brief warm-up Fri. afternoon as well as Sun.-Mon. Freezing temps. can be expected early Sat.... an inland frost early Sun.... & another temp. dip late Tue./Wed. There will not be much moisture for the cold fronts to work with so any rain will be isolated & light.
From ** FLASH ** (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes):
Freezing temperatures are predicted in some areas, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds families that one of the most serious threats to the home can be frozen water pipes. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture most any pipe filled with water. When the pipe bursts it can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in the second most common cause of home insurance claims in America.
Families can protect themselves from this costly damage with foam, dome or drip.
FOAM: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.
DOME: Placing an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots also reduce the likelihood of the water in your homes pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.
DRIP: Drip your faucets, to you reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and you suspect they temperatures will drop, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way you won’t return to a frozen, soggy mess.
For more information on protecting your home from extreme cold conditions, visit ** here ** or ** here **.
NOAA has issued its national overview of 2013 weather - click ** here **. In a nutshell, temps. were a bit above avg. -- 37th warmest in the last 119 years but the coolest since 2009. Precip. was above avg. -- the 21st wettest of the 20th century through now & the wettest since 2009.
For a review of the local 2013 weather, click ** here **.
ABOUT 1 IN 4 AMERICANS SAY GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT HAPPENING
HALF SAY THEY ARE “WORRIED” ABOUT IT
January 15, 2014 - (New Haven, CT) A national survey conducted in the final months of 2013 finds that there has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening (23%, up 7 percentage points since April 2013). But about two in three Americans (63%) believe global warming is happening, a number that has been consistent since spring 2013. The proportion of Americans who say they “don’t know” whether or not global warming is happening has dropped 6 points – from 20% to 14% – since spring of 2013.
On other measures, the survey found that public awareness over the past year has remained essentially stable:
- About half of Americans (51%) say they are “somewhat” (38%) or “very worried” (15%) about global warming.
- Fewer than half of Americans (38%) believe they personally will be harmed a “moderate amount” or a “great deal” by global warming. By contrast, majorities believe that global warming will harm future generations of people (65%) and plant and animal species (65%).
The survey also found that Americans (59%) are “interested” in global warming.
Moreover, about four in 10 say they feel “helpless” (43%), “disgusted” (42%), or “sad” (40%) when thinking about global warming. By contrast, four in ten (42%), say they feel “hopeful” about the subject.