Climate change continues to be a persistent global problem. Determined to be the cause of strong storms in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, it is also said to be the reason behind the extreme changes in seasonal temperatures in the country. And with the phenomenon continuing its onslaught, many are growing concerned about the kind of winter they’ll experience this year. Riley Sparks of TheStar.com Canada, however, reported that winter 2014 might not be as bad as last year’s:

The winter temperature in Ontario may be close to normal, or a degree or two lower this year — but it won’t be as miserable as last year.

Canada’s winter fate will be decided in part by El Niño, the meteorological system that can cause surface water in the Pacific Ocean to warm and brings milder winter temperatures.

Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both predict an El Niño system will develop in early winter, but it may be weak.

If that system is weak or does not appear at all, Phillips said, it could be displaced by colder Arctic air.

Last year, a lingering mass of Arctic air brought Canadians the coldest November to March period since Environment Canada began keeping records in 1948.

Climate change back this winter: Forecast
While current weather predictions place 2014 winter temperatures as bearable, residents are advised to not let their guard down when it comes to climate change. As the accompanying problems of global warming and weather disturbances continue, future short- and long-term climate conditions grow to be uncertain. Summer of 2015 could end up to be the hottest summer of the decade while winter of 2015 might be the coldest. This is why homeowners need to prepare their domiciles against sudden temperature changes.

One effective way of protecting residential properties against sudden temperature changes is to install heavy-duty insulation. Getting insulation for Peterborough homes would help people greatly in coping with the effects of climate change. Such an addition makes use of effective heat retention and dissipation to augment living spaces, thus making extremes of temperature more bearable. Moreover, insulation contributes to more efficient energy consumption and reduced utility costs as it makes people less reliant on HVAC systems.

Canadian families should explore the idea of getting a system or a home addition that can help them address the effects of climate change. For best results, it is advisable that they consult only with established insulation contractors in Toronto such as Envirotech Insulation when they do decide to have their living spaces protected from the biting cold.

(Source: Climate change back this winter: Forecast, TheStar.com Canada, October 30, 2014)