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5 Useful Apps For Dealing With Cold Weather

Polar vortex is so last year. Polar Plunge is the new buzzword, and it is coming to your neighborhood soon. The plunge has already hit the upper Midwest, the northern Rockies, and the Great Lakes; temperatures there fell by forty degrees. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and the Dakotas saw up to a foot of snow, while the rest of the nation's heartland is shivering in freezing temperatures as far south as the Texas panhandle. Atlanta has already seen daytime temperatures fall to the mid-forties, twenty degrees below the average temperature for this time of year.

The most recent Polar Plunge, as this new weather craziness has been dubbed, is courtesy of Super Typhoon Nuri. Nuri was the strongest post-tropical cyclone on record in the North Pacific. When Nuri's storm system collided with the arctic air in Alaska and northern Canada, the arctic air was pushed south causing unseasonably cold temperatures, or the Polar Plunge. This big chill was only round one; round two arrived shortly thereafter.

So how do you prepare for plummeting temperatures and surprise snowfalls? Here are five apps for your mobile devices that are easy to use and will help you through unpredictable weather this winter:

  1. Dark Sky is for iPhones and iPads, and predicts rainfall and snow in your exact location by the hour; it shows radar and weather maps as well.
  2. Seamless: travelling up north this winter? In many cities you can use Seamless' free iOS, Android or Blackberry apps to order delivery or takeout; the app allows you to order and pay for food from various restaurants from one mobile device; no calls are necessary; allow for extra delivery time in bad weather and tip well!
  3. Flashlight apps: flashlight apps in Android and iOS app stores use the LED flash on the camera or screen of your phone or iPad.
  4. Winter Survival Kit app: install this app on your phone before leaving home; it calls 911, sends notifications to family and friends, sends your location to emergency services, and calculates how long you can afford to run your car engine before you run out of gas or are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.
  5. Fireplace app: this app simulates a roaring fireplace on your phone screen, and can sync with other apps like Netflix or iTunes. Unfortunately, it does not provide any heat.

In addition to the above apps, winterizing your vehicle and your home before the freezing temperatures hit is always a good practice. Specifically, have your furnace cleaned and readied for winter use. Fix any insulation problems, clean out gutters, and put any room air conditioners in storage for the winter. Put winter tires on your vehicle, make sure your brakes work properly, and check all your fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid. Put a bag of sand or salt in the trunk, along with a blanket, a pair of boots, some water bottles, and a first aid kit.

For more information on winter preparedness, or if you have had an automobile accident due to weather conditions, contact Attorney Dave Thomas at The Thomas Law Firm.

Categories: Accidents, Tips, Snow, Cold Weather
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