at least it appears to have arrived in the Gulf Coast for one night and for most of the week in North Texas. Even the Old Farmers Almanac is predicting a colder than normal winter:
The Dublin, N.H.-based Old Farmer’s Almanac which, at 222, is believed to be the oldest continuously published periodical in North America, is predicting that a drop in solar activity and a change in ocean patterns point to colder-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average snowfall totals.
And because it will eventually freeze in the Houston and Gulf Coast areas in the next few weeks, let go over the basics of what to do ahead of time!
1. Make sure your pets are protected, preferably indoors with you!
2. Drain water hoses and cover outdoor faucets with those handy insulated foam covers you can pick up at the hardware store. At least we don’t need to worry about days/weeks/months of freezing weather! Also if you need to keep those faucets turned on over the winter you can install a frost-free sillcock instead. Be sure to wrap any exposed pipes or pipes in attics and/or crawl spaces. At my house, if it’s going to be in the lower 20s or teens at night, we have to let the kitchen faucet drip or we’ll have a frozen pipe by morning (our kitchen plumbing connects in some mystical way to the north facing, outdoor faucet).
Be sure you know where, and how, to turn off the water to your home – just in case.
3. Protect your patio furniture and grill, be sure and store it, or at least cover it during the worse of the winter weather.
4. Tender plants. It goes without saying that you need to bring in potted plants and cover any you can. Keep the frost off the leaves, but remember to uncover them as well, you don’t want to keep them in the dark!
5. Adjust the rotation direction of all ceiling fans! Push the warm air down!
6. Make sure your car/truck is ready for cold weather too!