Accuweather Cold May be the Norm in Alberta Throughout the Fall

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Turn up the Thermostat in AlbertaThe autumnal equinox ushered in the beginning of the fall season in Canada on Sept. 22, which as per usual, is the time of year where the temperatures gradually decline before old man winter makes an appearance. But according to Accuweather forecasters, cold temperatures may hit Alberta slightly earlier than in years past.

Accuweather forecasters revealed in their fall weather preview that temperatures in Calgary through autumn could average about 2 to 3 degrees lower than than they typically are this time of year.

"We expect much of Alberta to be cooler than normal," Brett Anderson, Accuweather meteorologist, told the Calgary Herald.

He added that the months that could be particularly unusual from an air temperature perspective are October and November, and predicted that the final full month of autumn could bring some snow to the foothills.

For those who have lived in Alberta for much of their lives, they understand that weather in the province is fickle, and even with predictions from meteorologists, no one knows for certain what's going to transpire. But it's never too early to prepare one's home for whatever Mother Nature has in store. Thus, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have a variety of tips and recommendations that homeowners should take heed of ahead of the cold weather season.

  • Review your house insurance policy. One of the most active weather periods is fall, as more than 40 percent of the hurricanes that form in a typical season develop in September and October. You should take at look at your insurance policy, especially if you've upgraded one or multiple rooms of your home after a renovation project.

  • Check the windows. The windows won't get much of a workout in the fall and winter, as it's often too cold to open them. Replace screens with glass or storm windows to ensure that warm air stays locked inside.

  • Clean out downspouts and gutters. In the average year, dirt, leaves and debris can block eavestroughs. Heavy rainfall can lead to poor drainage and localized flooding if they're not thoroughly cleaned.

  • Have furnaces inspected. Besides warming bath or shower water, furnaces don't get much use in the summer. That's not the case in the fall and winter, though. It's critical to have furnaces and heating systems checked and cleaned by service professionals to ensure that they're working well and that there are no leakages, which could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Take care of air conditioners. Whether you have central air or use window-based systems, be sure to clean out air conditioners so that filters are free of debris. They should also be drained of any water that collected over the course of the summer.

  • Consider emptying septic tank. Experts recommend draining the septic system once every three years. If you haven't done this recently, try getting it professionally serviced in the early fall before the ground freezes.