Weather Predictions for this Winter – Are You Ready? Part 2

This post is the second in a series on weather predictions for the 2018-2019 winter and preparing for the cold with roll off container rental and junk hauling services. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.

Old Farmer’s Almanac vs. Farmer’s Almanac (continued)

Thomas’ almanac was based on the idea that the key to predicting the weather was monitoring solar activity. Specifically, Thomas was concerned with sun spots – magnetic storms that move across the surface of the sun. Most solar flares and coronal mass ejections occur alongside sunspots. Nowadays, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has updated their methodology somewhat. They also integrate data from prevailing climate patterns, jet-stream fluctuations, ocean temperature records, and data from weather satellites.

A concept graphic of wintery weather. Roll off container rental

Young’s almanac, on the other hand, uses a secret formula passed down from its original author. They’re very hush-hush about what goes into this formula, but they do say that it takes into account solar activity, lunar activity, and the position of the planets. Unlike the Old Farmer’s Almanac; however, the Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t integrate modern satellite technology into their method.

What are the predictions for this winter?

When it comes to the ’18-’19 winter, the predictions of these two almanacs are a bit different. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts above normal temperatures for everywhere in the US except a small swath of the Southwest. They also predict above average levels of rain, and below average levels of snow. The Farmer’s Almanac, on the other hand, predicts a “teeth-chattering cold” winter, with above average amounts of snowfall for most of the US.

Be prepared for winter

With our almanacs disagreeing, and science unwilling to hazard a guess, what should we prepare for? Well, as the old saying goes, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Even if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, we should still have plenty of time to get our projects done and baton down the hatches before the real winter weather comes. So get that roll off container rental or junk hauling service set up now, and get ready!

Weather Predictions for this Winter – Are You Ready? Part 1

Summer is drawing to a close, although we might not be able to feel it yet here in the Southeast. There’s still time to knock out any last minute projects you’ve got in mind, and R&R containers is here to help with roll off container rental and junk hauling services!

It’s around this time of year that the Farmer’s Almanac and Old Farmer’s Almanac issue their predictions for the coming winter. So, what do they have to say about it? What does winter have in store for us? First, let’s get to know these two sources a little better, then we’ll take a look at their predictions for this winter.

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Old Farmer’s Almanac vs. Farmer’s Almanac

First off, let’s be clear about one thing: both of these almanacs intend as much to entertain as they do to inform. Nowadays, if we want to know what the weather will be like, we’re probably more likely to check an app on our smartphone than an almanac hanging on a nail in our outhouse.

Nonetheless, both the Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmer’s Almanac take their weather predictions seriously, and they both tend to be right more often than not. Modern meteorologists are a bit more skeptical. The Farmer’s Almanac makes their weather predictions 16 months in advance, while the Old Farmer’s Almanac makes theirs 18 months in advance. Modern meteorologists say that anything beyond a 10-14 day forecast is basically guesswork.

Both almanacs are very old. The first edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac was published in 1792 by a man named Robert Thomas. The Farmer’s Almanac, on the other hand was first released in 1818 by David Young.

Check back soon for Weather Predictions for this winter – are you ready? Part 2. In the meantime, check out our page on roll off container rental and get those last minute summer projects knocked out!

What Size Roll Off Container is Right for Your Project?

Got a project in mind? R&R is here to help you clean up with roll off container rental

A roll off container rental is a great way to save time and money on a project that’s going to produce waste. You could spend hours of your time and money on gas driving a pickup to the transfer station and back. Or you can have us drop off a container, fill it up, and watch your waste disappear! But what size container is right for your project? Let’s take a look at a couple of different container sizes and what they’re good for.

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12 cubic yard roll off container

  • A 12 cubic yard container holds just a bit less than four full size pickup beds full.
  • 12 cubic yards is enough space for the debris from a smaller renovation project, like a bathroom or small kitchen
  • A 12 yard container is great for yard clean outs for a small or medium sized yard
  • 12 cubic yards is enough space to accommodate a deck removal, as long as your deck is around 200 square feet or less
  • A 12 cubic yard container has room for around 16 square of shingles, or around 1600 square feet. For reference, asphalt and composite shingles typically come in bundles that cover around a third of a square.
  • 12 cubic yards is enough space for a basement clean out, or a single car garage

15 cubic yard roll off container

  • A 15 cubic yard container holds around as much as 5 full size pick up beds. That’s a lot of driving time saved!
  • 15 cubic yards is enough for a larger renovation project, like replacing flooring in a medium-large house
  • A 15 yard container can handle a large deck removal of ~250 to ~350 square feet
  • 15 cubic yards is enough for a major yard clean out or debris removal on a larger property
  • A 15 yard container can hold around 20 square of shingles, or enough to cover around 2000 square feet

Easy loading, easy hauling

All our roll off containers feature side entry for loading of heavy objects. Once your container is full, just give us a call and we’ll make sure your waste is disposed of in an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly manner.

Call today for a quote!

Happy Independence Day! Learn more about safe fireworks waste disposal and BBQ ash disposal to stay safe this Fourth – Part 2

This post is the second in a two part series. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.

Tips for using and disposing of fireworks safely (continued)

Contact your local fire department, landfill, or waste disposal company to learn about options for safely disposing of fireworks in your community.
If you intend to store unused fireworks for New Years or Independence Day next year, make sure you keep them in a cool, dry place. Don’t store them on top of or near electrical appliances, as a power surge or lightning strike could cause them to ignite.

People grilling pictured. BBQ waste disposal

Safe BBQ waste disposal

Another potential source of fire danger surrounding independence day is BBQ coals and ashes, so it’s important to consider BBQ waste disposal, too. Another 9600 fires start each year because of a household grill, and July is the number one month for fires started by BBQs. Even more frightening, over 16000 Americans end up in the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by their household grills.

Here are a few strategies for using your grill safely:

  • Make sure your setup is safe. Clear away any fallen limbs or dry grass from the grill area. Never try to move a grill while it’s hot.
  • If you’re grilling with charcoal, be sure only to add lighter fluid to cold coals. Spraying on extra lighter fluid in an attempt to save the fire can cause a flash fire and severe injuries.
  • Many BBQ fires are caused by ash that seemed like it went out, only to re-ignite later. Make sure your ash is completely cool before you clean it out, and keep ashes in a fireproof container. If you grill with lump charcoal, you can spread the ashes on your garden or compost pile. If you use briquette charcoal, however, it’s best not to spread it on your garden. Briquette charcoal can contain additives that, while they help it burn easier, are toxic to plants and people.

If you’re in need of fireworks disposal, ash disposal, or disposal of yard or other waste disposal, R&R containers can help. Give us a call today for a fast quote on junk hauling or roll off container services.

Happy Independence Day! Learn more about safe fireworks waste disposal and BBQ ash disposal to stay safe this Fourth – Part 1

Independence day and fireworks and BBQ safety

It’s nearly the fourth, and everyone is busy with last minute grocery shopping, fireworks buying, and BBQ preparations. But before you fire up that grill and start lighting those fireworks, it’s worth taking a minute to ensure everything will be done safely. Fireworks alone are responsible for a dizzying amount of damage each year, so it’s smart to read up on safe fireworks use and fireworks waste disposal. Check out these alarming statistics from the National Fire Prevention association:

“Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.” (1)

fireworks exploding pictured. Firework safety and waste disposal

Let’s take a look at some tips for using and disposing of fireworks safely:

  • Before you start lighting your fireworks, make sure you have plenty of fire suppression capability on hand. Hoses, buckets of water, and fire extinguishers are best, but buckets or bags of sand, dirt or mud can be useful too.
  • Dedicate one bucket to fireworks disposal. After you’ve used the fireworks, submerge and soak them for a minimum of 15 minutes. Soaking overnight is best of possible. Embers can continue burning deep inside fireworks long after they’ve been lit, creating a potentially dangerous situation if they’re not soaked.
  • Be particularly careful with any misfired, dud, or partially fired fireworks. This is the most involved fireworks disposal procedure. Do not approach or handle dud fireworks for at least 20 minutes after lighting. Once it’s safe to approach, soak the duds thoroughly. Then, wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or a garbage bag before disposal. This step is important because if the dud fireworks are allowed to dry out, they will be a very serious fire hazard.

Check back soon for Happy Independence Day! Learn more about safe fireworks waste disposal and BBQ ash disposal to stay safe this Fourth – Part 2

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