The Spring 2018 Weather Outlook

After December and January delivered brutal cold and snow to most of the United States, February temperatures have been above normal across much of the country. 

Despite Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter, Mother Nature seems to disagree with the famous groundhog -- at least so far. While the recent chill has been confined to the northern plains, crocuses and daffodils are sprouting out of the ground in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Is this a sign of an early spring? 

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, not much is forecast to change over the next few months. On average, long-range weather forecasters are predicting temperatures to be above normal for much of the United States - the highest chance being for the Desert Southwest and Gulf Coast regions. Precipitation is expected to be below normal from Texas westward to California and above normal for the Northeast and Great Lakes. 

Despite the seasonal outlook, one weather phenomena is certain to occur: thunderstorms.  In the spring, the clash of air masses creates a ”weather battleground.” This happens when cold, dry air from Canada clashes with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. A frontal boundary divides the two air masses and acts as a focal point for thunderstorms. With the right ingredients, some storms become severe and cause damage including power outages.

Here are some easy ways to ensure the safety of you and your family before the next storm:

  • Start planning now. The combination of knowing your risk and having a long-term plan is power.  
  • "Spring clean" your disaster kit. Replace expired prescriptions, food and first-aid items.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Survey your property for things that might need repair, and trim tree limbs hanging over your home.
  • Inspect your roof for any leaks, especially if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow in the winter.
  • Check and reseal windows and doors, if necessary, to keep the winter cold and spring/summer heat out.
  • Clean out your chimney and gutters.
  • Update your emergency contact information. 
  • Make sure you have a back-up power source in case of a power outage. Having a standby generator means you can safely power your home even through a long-term outage.  

Preparedness is power. Don’t be left in the dark during the next severe storm. Visit the Cummins “Ahead of the Storm page” for more severe storm preparedness tips, and then sign up for a free in-home assessment to find the right Cummins generator for your home.

About the Author:  Cheryl Nelson is a Weather & Preparedness Advisor and Spokesperson for Cummins, a Lifestyle TV Host, FEMA-Certified Natural Disaster Preparedness Expert and award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.  For more tips, visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CherylNelsonTV 

Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

Home Prep Tips for Snowbirds Soon to be Flying South for the Winter

Ditching the snow for warmer climates this winter?

Donna Hull from the blog “My Itchy Travel Feet,” shares her advice on how to get your home ready for an extended departure. Donna’s tips cover everything from scheduling maintenance checks, keeping pests out and everything in between. 

Equipping your home with a standby generator will give you peace of mind if the power goes out while you are away. Ensuring your home’s power is always on allows home appliances and security systems to stay connected, even keeping the heat running so nothing freezes! 

Check out Donna’s article on home preparation for snowbirds and visit homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about home standby generators. 

If you’ll be staying put this winter, check out our winter preparedness tips to ensure you, your family and your home are ready to brave the cold.
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Life Imitates Art: A Look at a Generator Installation

What would you do if the power went out at your home? Respondents in a 2016 survey conducted by Cummins revealed they would pass the time by napping, playing games, reading, connecting with someone special, or simply enjoying the quiet.

Unlike most homeowners, Chad and Ariane Jester of Broken Arrow, OK never have to worry about how to pass the time during a power outage ever again. 

In late July, the Jesters had The Generator Guy, a local Cummins-certified dealer, install a home standby generator. A home standby generator turns on automatically, the moment an outage occurs, ensuring vital appliances (or even your entire home) remain on. 

“We have a very active household with two kids in their 20s and a dog,” said Jester. “In addition to core appliances, the ability to have laptops for work and school, as well as TVs and devices for entertainment, during a power outage is a bonus for our family.”

The Jesters wanted a whole home generator, so everything from the air conditioning and kitchen appliances to the pool pump would stay on in the event of a power outage. Based on those requirements, the dealer recommended a Cummins QuietConnect Series 20 kW generator.  

Chad Jester gets tutorial from “The Generator Guy” during the installation of a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator in Broken Arrow, OK
Chad Jester gets tutorial from “The Generator Guy” during the installation of a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator in Broken Arrow, OK.

“I was surprised at how simple the entire process was,” said homeowner Chad Jester. “The dealer came to our home to conduct the assessment and help us decide on the correct size and the best location of the generator. From there, the dealer handled everything.”

A local film crew filmed the installation, which took two days from installing a pre-fabricated mounting pad to digging and laying the gas line, then placing the generator and finally connecting the automatic transfer switch. During filming, the installer cut power to the house to show how quickly a home standby generator turns on. 

“I was amazed at how quickly the power came back on. Every time the power was cut, it came back on in nine seconds,” said Jester. “I was curious to see if we’d see the same results during a real power outage.”

As it turns out, the Jesters didn’t have to wait long to find out. The very next week, the power went out in their neighborhood and, true to form, the generator kicked on in nine seconds and power was fully restored, proving that life imitates art. 

If you live in an area susceptible to severe weather, if a medical condition necessitates a reliable source of power, if you’re living in a high-tech smart home, if you travel frequently or if you simply want life to go on as usual with no interruption, visit our website to learn more about home standby generators and to request your free in-home assessment
 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Aga Khan Hospitals Support Patient Care with Cummins Dependable Power

Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) recently partnered with Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation to upgrade the standby power systems at their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad.
Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) recently partnered with Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation to upgrade the standby power systems at their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Orient Energy Systems (OES), the Cummins distributor in Pakistan, has supplied three Cummins generator sets to the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation for their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad. The energy systems ensure dependable backup power so patients can get the care they need, even in the event of a power failure.

The hospitals are part of the Aga Khan network. With a focus on improving lives particularly in the developing world, the Aga Khan Development Network brings essential services to millions of people worldwide, from infrastructure like hospitals, schools and power plants to social and cultural programs like parks and museums. Its agencies operate under three broad pillars: economic, social and cultural development. Within the health services agency, about 1.2 million patient visits occur annually through more than 300 health centers, referral facilities, diagnostic centers, hospitals and rural medical and maternal-care centers. Facility upgrades and expansions have been a primary focus in recent years.

Strong customer support was a key reason the standby power contract was awarded to OES. As a regular customer with previous Cummins power system installations, the Cummins product, technical expertise and aftersales service reinforce Cummins’ brand reputation and The Power of One™ – all system components are seamlessly integrated by a single-source manufacturer through the design, manufacture, installation and support.

The three Cummins generator sets, models C400D5EB, C500D5E and C700D5, are being installed in canopies in an open environment and meet noise level requirements of 85 dBA at 1 meter. OES sales, engineering and product support teams jointly looked after all technical issues, execution and completion of this project.

For more information visit cummins.com/generators.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

The Gift of Safety

It’s that time of year. Our inboxes are being flooded with coupons and sales from our favorite brands, which has us all thinking about finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list.

As a natural disaster preparedness expert, I believe there is no better gift than the gift of safety. If “the storm of the century” was forecasted to affect your family or friends, wouldn’t you want them to be prepared? Believe it or not, there are actually some pretty cool preparedness gifts on the market. So, before you head out to the mall, check out my top five gifts to prepare your loved ones for severe weather and power outages:

  1. A water filtration straw can remove dangerous bacteria from water, making it safe to drink. These are a great addition to your family’s emergency weather kit, as well as a great addition to your favorite outdoorsman’s backpack. 
  2. EMTs, fire and police are trained to look for emergency ID bands when responding to medical emergencies. Gift your loved ones (especially seniors or those with special needs) an emergency ID bracelet to ensure important personal and medical information is available for emergency personnel. 
  3. Don’t be left stranded on the side of the road. Invest in an emergency roadside vehicle kit that includes a first aid kit, the tools you need to fix minor vehicle issues such as a dead battery or flat tire, and supplies like a reflective blanket and poncho to keep you safe, dry and warm in the elements. 
  4. Never miss an important weather warning again with a hand-crank NOAA weather radio. Look for one that includes AM/FM weather for local updates like evacuation routes. 
  5. Winter storms, hurricanes and tornadoes leave many people without power for days, weeks or longer. Protect your loved ones from power outages by giving them a home standby generator. A standby generator automatically turns on the second utility power goes out and stays on for the duration of the outage, providing priceless peace-of-mind. Purchase from a Cummins online dealer today. 
     
Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

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