Last year, this country suffered through several polar vortexes -- with one even dropping down into the United States during July 2014. The polar vortexes brought with them record lows to many parts of the United States. With all of these cold-weather events, it may seem odd to talk about global warming, but the truth is the climate is still getting warmer. According to Business Insider, October 2014 was the hottest one ever recorded.
Early in 2014, the residents of Paris, a small town in Missouri, experienced a phenomenon called cryoseism or frost quake. Frost quakes are caused by sudden freezing temperatures and produce noises ranging from cracks to rumbles and, sometimes, loud booms. A few months later, the Casebolt family in Indiana heard loud cracks and booms inside their home, but for a different reason. They experienced truss lift, which is another phenomenon caused by extreme temperature changes during winter.
Winter is a nasty time to experience a power outage. Severe cold and icy weather can put your family at serious risk during a prolonged outage. Furthermore, due to the size and severity of major winter storms, it's not uncommon for large groups of people to be without power for days at a time. Fortunately, a standby generator can eliminate all of the risks associated with a winter power outage. Integrating a standby generator into your existing electrical wiring will cause you to take on upfront costs—however, there are a number of compelling reasons why you'll be glad you did when the next winter storm hits.
About 3.5 million people experience skin cancer each year. A great number of other individuals will develop melanoma skin cancer, which is the deadliest type of skin cancer to affect patients. Although artificial UV rays from tanning beds and other sunning equipment can create cancerous cells in the skin, the majority of skin cancer cases develop from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Even if you stay indoors, you're still at risk for skin cancer—unless you place the right UV-protectant windows on your home.