Types of Spring Weather to Be Prepared For
As we make our way closer to summer, it is important to not forget about the possibility of spring storms in our area. North Dakota can experience a variety of different weather patterns at this time of year. Here are just a few.
Although we have had a very mild winter, there is always the possibility of a spring blizzard in and around Bismarck. Overnight, there can be a dramatic decrease in temperature and accumulation of moisture. This can be hard on your home, and you should always be watching and prepared for when a cold front is expected.
Spring is the primetime for sudden thunderstorms. These can have a tremendous impact on your home, from flying debris, to ripping off siding and damaging your roof. In addition, downpouring rain can be a hazard if gutters are not properly cleaned out or if there is a leak where water can enter your home.
Heat and Fire Danger
As we have seen for the last few weeks, dry temperatures can cause potential risks for heat and fire damage. The dry environment creates the perfect condition for grass fires which can cause damage to dozens or even hundreds of homes if not contained. Also, the heat can be dangerous for your personal health and that of young children and senior citizens. Be sure that if you are ever out in the heat for long periods of time to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated.
High winds are almost a staple of North Dakota. Although we are used to high gusts, it is still important to prepare for them. The biggest concern with high winds is damage to siding, roofing materials, and throwing debris into your home. Cleaning your yard and removing potential flying objects when a storm is expected can guard against damage. While there is little you can do to prevent wind from removing siding, fencing, or roofing. Other than proper, secure installation, you can make sure your insurance policy covers against that damage.