Monthly Archives: July 2014

7 Popular Tornado Myths Exposed

- by to Calamity & Disasters.

Climate monitoring and records show that tornadoes severely happen in the United States within the end of spring up until the beginning of autumn. This means that it also has chances of occurrence during summer. As a heads up for your disaster preparation, we have gathered seven of the most common tornado myths people falsely believe. With the help of the data gathered by NCDC, familiarize yourself with these tornado myths and be safe.

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Tornado Myth #1: Open your house windows during a tornado.

The need to equalize pressure in your home seems unnecessary in the face of a destructive tornado. If a tornado has to smash your house down, it has to do it the only way it can. While physical destruction cannot be stopped, you can still save your life by dismissing yourself from doing such invaluable effort. Find a safe shelter instead.

Tornado Myth #2: Cities and mountains are tornado-resistant.

Tornado can actually happen anywhere as it does not discriminate any form of terrain and geographic location. Although they mostly crash in very wide plains found in suburban spaces, cities are not an exception. In the past, big cities like Oklahoma and Texas had been struck by disastrous tornadoes, damaging a number of establishments, both commercial and residential.

On the other hand, tornadoes may also occur in high mountain ranges. Damages had been recorded to have happened in over 10,000 feet high from the ground.

Tornado Myth #3: Bodies of water protect certain areas from tornadoes.

A tornado knows no barrier. Both bodies of land and water may be hit by a wrecking twister. Once it is forecasted to strike in your region of residence, secure a place for hiding. Nearby rivers cannot guarantee your safety.

Tornado Myth #4: Be safe by hiding under an overpass with your car during a tornado.

Famed by a scene in a famous Hollywood film, this hiding mechanism under an overpass is not encouraged by the National Weather Service Forecast Office. It is deemed dangerous as a bridge structure funnels the wind that increases a tornado’s velocity. Skip the theatrics. Leave your car and seek proper shelter.

Tornado Myth #5: Outrun a tornado while driving your vehicle.

Outracing a natural phenomenon like a tornado only drives you closer to the danger zone. A tornado’s speed is as volatile as you can imagine, and that its movement is as erratic and unpredictable as the spinning arrow of a compass. Halt the vehicle you are driving and find a safe corner to seek refuge.

Tornado Myth #6: When the sky turns green, it means a tornado is coming.

Although the arrival of some tornadoes in history was indicated by an unusual hue changing in the sky, a green sky does not always mean the coming of a disaster. Much to many scientists’ dismay, this odd phenomenon leaves them wondering and confused.

In this case, the color green does not always mean “Go! Move! Hide!” Listening to weather forecasts is always more valuable than waiting for signs.

Tornado Myth #7: The southwest corner of your basement is the safest hiding spot.

This theory originated when John Park Finley, a meteorologist, found out that tornadoes commonly traverse from the southwest portion of a certain area to the northeast, which means that a twister’s accumulated debris are carried through to the opposite side of southwest. However, it isn’t actually the case. The strength of a tornado throws over debris of all sizes towards any direction, regardless of its originating direction.

The Energy Efficient Window Advantage Checklist

- by to Energy Efficient Windows.

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It has been stated in majority of marketing campaigns of companies, which manufacture and sell energy efficient windows, that one of the main advantages of installing them in your home is the opportunity to save energy and money. True. Salesmen and window companies are not kidding around when they tell you this part of the good stuff. But there’s more than the clichéd advertising tactic for selling energy efficient windows. What are the other benefits? Find out below.

1. Cater genuine comfort

Everyone likes consistency. With energy efficient windows installed in your home, temperature fluctuations are reduced for you and your family’s comfort.

Haven’t you noticed that areas in your house that are near windows and doors – that aren’t necessarily marked energy efficient – tend to be warmer and uncomfortable than other areas? This is because of the inability of “normal” windows to minimize heat transfer from the outside to the inside. That’s why heat easily enters your home. With energy efficient windows, on the other hand, outdoor heat is given limited access in your house’s interior.

See how energy efficient windows can do so much change? Without a doubt, true comfort can be experienced in any part of your house, regardless of proximity to your doors and windows.

2. Provide over-all protection

You may have asked yourself how energy efficient windows minimize heat inside your home. Here’s the answer. Technically, these windows are made of three-paned glasses with UV protection that shields away too much exposure to sunlight.

These windows cater dermatological safety to its residents. In the same way, they offer a certain kind of protection to the residents’ furniture as well. The UV protection of these glasses extends to the variety of objects in your house’s interior and offers longer color vibrancy of curtains, sofas, carpets, cabinets and the likes.

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3. Present privacy protocol

Aside from energy and money saving, your windows also give you an opportunity to enjoy a little privacy in the comfort of your home – which is actually a necessity in every household. How is that so?

One of the most underrated features of energy efficient windows is its ability to screen outdoor noises from entering your home. Surprised? Yes, they are able to dampen unnecessary noises down the street. This feature may benefit all, but more particularly those that reside in closely built neighborhoods.

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4. Cut down condensation

Less heat transfer means reduced condensation for your doors and windows. What does this mean for you as a homeowner? Basically, condensation allows growth for molds and mildews surrounding your window panes and frames, which eventually lead to their deterioration.

With energy efficient windows, however, your windows longevity extends longer than those of “normal” windows. And the good thing is that the reduction of condensation applies to all four seasons you experience in a year. So whether it’s in summer or winter, expect that your energy efficient windows consistently work efficiently for your home’s benefit. Investing on energy efficient windows can certainly do a lot for your family and home.