Springtime is here! Or is it? With the crazy weather we always seem to have in Chicago, it can be easy to miss the subtle changes in the seasons. We have a unique area in the Midwest that brings a variety of weather, at a variety of times.
How Does Weather Work?
In short, Weather is created by the change in temperature and movement we experience due to the rotation of the Earth, and the rotation of the Earth around the Sun. Low Pressure Systems (bad weather) and High Pressure Systems (good weather) move around and in and out of each other very much like a Lava Lamp.
- A large, humid, and hot air bubble rises in the atmosphere.
- This air cools, condensing and forming clouds (water droplets).
- Water droplets fall from the sky, in the form of rain.
These large, humid, and hot air bubbles can rise up in the atmosphere slowly, or quite quickly. A cold, low pressure system can give the hot humid air a “boost” into the atmosphere. The quicker the air rises and the more humid it is, the stronger the storm.
Microbursts are localized, heavy downdrafts located in a thunderstorm system. These downward moving columns of air can dump tremendous amounts of water in a very short period of time. If you were in a plane looking at the storm, it would look like the cloud was melting from the middle straight to the ground.
Microbursts can be especially dangerous because:
- They can form quickly, with very little notice
- The amount of water dumped in a short time can cause flash flooding
- The winds and force of the water can cause structural damage
- Life threatening debris, winds, and flooding can be a very real danger
With the changing seasons, it is easy to see why we have so many storms. Weather is caused by the movement and change in the air. The most extreme movement and changes in the air come at the turning of the seasons. As we head into this stormy season, it is important to be aware of the storms and to prepare yourself and your family accordingly. This means:
Installing proper Gutter extensions on your home
In 1,000 SF of roof space, your roof produces approximately 600 gallons of water. Get that water away from your home to prevent damage to your Foundation.
Ensuring your Sump Pump and Battery Backup are in good working order
These systems are the front line of defense for your home and business’ foundation.
Ensure grading around your home is proper
Dirt should be graded away from the home, allowing for a natural slope for water to flow away from the structure.
Consult a professional with any questions
DIY only takes you so far. Even if you want to get the proper information, contact a professional in your area.
Thanks for reading, and as always:
“Not Everything’s Better When Wet”