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My Story: Surviving a Powerful Summer Storm

Last summer in Yuma, Arizona, we had the worst thunder/rain storm I have ever seen. We had winds of over 60 mph and astonishing rain. We got about 2.5 inches of rain in about two hours (our average rainfall for a year is 3 inches). At times the rain was blowing sideways. I usually use this gauge to measure rain, just because we don’t get very much. I am always curious about it! Our sliding patio door is under an …

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How to Become a Trained Weather Spotter

I’m a weather addict. My husband makes fun of my fascination with hurricanes, news of tornado outbreaks, floods, heat waves — he just doesn’t understand my fascination! However, if you look at the top stories of any given year, at least a few will be weather-related, so I know I’m not the only one who is obsessed! If this describes you, then heads up! One of the best ways to become weather-smart is to become a trained weather spotter. Recently, …

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How to Survive a Blizzard in Your Vehicle

How do you survive if you become trapped in your vehicle during a blizzard? With winter fast approaching, this is a good question. The last few years have seen unseasonably cold and snowy winters in the U.S. Along with sustained cold temperatures, many regions experienced blizzard conditions including heavy snowfall and accumulation, combined with strong winds. Numerous areas were affected, including thousands of miles of roads ranging from major commuter highways down to narrow, twisty mountain roads. This became a recipe for motorists …

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Make Your Own Winter Survival Food Kit

A while back my family spent 2 weeks camping around the beautiful and very cold country of Iceland. (You can read about our adventures in this article.) We had a cozy camper van with a propane stove, a small sink, table, and bunks, and as you might imagine, coming up with plans for hot meals every day became an interesting challenge! There’s something deeply satisfying about a hot drink or hot meal on a cold day, but have you ever …

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Everything You Need To Know About Winter Survival For Kids

My kids usually have their sleds lined up by the garage door by Thanksgiving.  They’ve been trying on their snow clothes, eyeing new ski jackets in the L.L. Bean catalog and are ready to get out in the snow!  I love to watch them play in the snow and ski down a (slightly elevated) hill, but the Survival Mom in me wants to make sure they also have some winter survival skills.  Combining the fun of winter sports and outdoor activities with a few survival lessons are my …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Winter Weather

Here in the upper Midwest, winter weather can be absolutely brutal. We’re talking frigid temperatures, freezing rain, feet of snow, and just a whole lot of no fun when you’re trying to go about your daily life. Sure, if you enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing, the winter months are like paradise, but for those who are just trying to get to and from work each day, though, things can get dicey. Fortunately, winter weather rarely hits without some advance …

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Cold Weather Survival: Survive in a Stranded Car

I’ve experienced that gut-jolting feeling more than once, and you have too. You turn the key to your car expecting to hear the roar of the engine…and…nothing. Or, you’re cruising along the highway when you notice that the gas pedal isn’t quite working right, and it dawns on you, you’ve run out of gas. Or, a nail in the tire leaves you stranded miles from home. Even on a pleasant, balmy day, these scenarios are frustrating but on a cold …

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Surviving Iceland: My #1 Survival Concern

When my family spent 2 weeks in Iceland this past fall, surviving cold weather was my top concern. Coming from Arizona and now Texas, I tend to go overboard when it comes to preparing for cold weather and packing for this trip was no exception. I knew that our first and most important prep was our bodies — packing the right type of shoes and clothing to keep us warm from the skin out. Start with your skin No matter …

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Keep an Eye on Extreme Weather With the Storm App

I don’t think it’s odd at all that I have multiple weather apps on my phone or that one of my favorite gifts ever was an indoor/outdoor thermometer.  I’m a total weather junkie. I track rainfall amounts and brag to our relatives in Phoenix when our daily amount of precipitation exceeds their annual rainfall! When I learned about a new severe weather app, I figured it was a sign from heaven and I downloaded it immediately. Storm by Weather Underground …

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Understand and Prevent 4 Kinds of Heat Loss

Maintaining your core body temperature is critical in a survival situation. Hypothermia can set in even at relatively mild temperatures. A fact that is often lost on many people is that heat is energy and cold is merely the absence of that energy. Heat is a “thing” where cold isn’t. This is an important distinction so you’ll better understand the different ways heat is lost and how to prevent it from happening. Different Types of Heat Loss Conduction is the …

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