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Weather or Not

As I write this, we’re in the final week of October and it’s about 75 degrees outside … for another day or two, and then nighttime temps are expected to drop into the 30’s. The leaves are still green for the most part, and it appears that this year they might just fall off without first turning to the reds and golds we expect in the autumn.

Forecasters are predicting a harsher winter, but they say that every year, it seems. They also predict a procession of hurricanes every year, and in 2017 they sure nailed that, as mega-storms lined up in the Atlantic like 747s over LaGuardia.

It’s no secret that our business is pretty heavily impacted by the weather, and our clients likewise. Disasters by their nature are unpredictable, but facility managers have to plan for weather-related contingencies on a regular basis. I don’t know how you budget for snow removal these days when one year brings almost none and the next buries us in back-to-back-to-back storms. Or how you plan for heating and cooling costs, for that matter.

This has always been a fact of life here in the not-quite-South and not-quite North mid-Atlantic region. Weather-wise, we’re ‘tweeners. But without kicking the beehive of the climate change debate, we can probably all agree that things seems to have gotten less predictable over the past several years, even by Maryland/DC standards. Cooler summers, milder winters, leaves that don’t change … and all of us, trying to plan for who knows what.

The old adage is, “don’t worry about what you can’t control,” but we have to, don’t we? And being prepared takes on new dimensions when we don’t know what we’re preparing for.

So get ready, because the Farmer’s Almanac says we’ll have several significant snowfalls this year. Or we won’t. But definitely one of those.