Nobody knows how rough this winter might be
October 22, 2010

Last winter was one of the most difficult faced by the Upper Midwest in quite some time -- temperatures dropped to shockingly low levels (as low as -30°F) and we were buried under record-challenging volumes of snow. Thus far, the fall has been quite remarkably mild, but that's no useful indication of the upcoming winter. Even the professionals paid to predict such matters are in no agreement whatsoever about the long-term forecast for the winter, with DTN expecting a mild one, AccuWeather calling for lots of snow, and the National Weather Service expecting things to fall right about in the middle of a normal range.

Whatever the weather, we recommend that pump station operators check their systems now for any seasonal maintenance that will keep things running smoothly through the winter. Make sure that engine backup systems and generators are working properly, so that they'll be reliable backups in case of ice storms and blizzards in the months ahead. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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last revised October 2010