Monthly Archives: August 2020

It’s Here! Fall 2020 Forecast Preview

It’s long-range forecast time for the start of Autumn this year. See what meteorologist Brian Ivey has to say about what fall weather is on the way. Brian goes over the temperature and precipitation trends he’s expecting in the coming weeks and also why the forecast looks like this. See all the details here on Snow Plow News!

A First Look at the Fall 2020 Long Range Forecast

While long range forecasts aren’t super accurate, there is real science behind it and it’s better to review what experts think is going to happen, versus just risking everything. In a weather-dependent company like snow removal, the more you know the more cost effectively you can plan and execute your business.

Fall 2020 Temperatures

First, Neoweather takes a look at long-range EARLY temperature forecasts for August 28 – September 11. During this time, they expect the middle of the country to experience cooler, true fall weather. Temps in the Midwest and Central U.S. will be slightly to well-below average. However, the opposite is expected on the coasts, where they will likely see slightly to well-above-average temperatures. Brian is less confident about the East Coast being above average – it may go back and forth quite a bit, but the West Coast is expected to be well above average with high confidence. The only swath of normal temps is expected to be the horseshoe border between the two anomalies.

September - November 2020 Temperature Expectations
September – November 2020 Temperature Expectations

After the first couple of weeks in fall, the cooler than average temperatures are expected to move out. After studying several models, Neoweather has determined their own Fall Forecast with moderate confidence. Neoweather believes that warmer than average temperatures will cover the entire country from mid-September through November. The hot spot will be limited to the Western Mountain region and the rest of the country (including the Midwest) will be only above average or slightly above average.

How about precipitation? Neoweather expects that the moisture this fall will stay north. The southern areas of the U.S. are expected to be slightly to well below average for precipitation. An exception for this will be hurricanes. We still expect to see a more active than usual hurricane season this year, which could change these numbers in the Gulf and along the East Coast. Higher than average precipitation is expected up north from Seattle to Detroit and down to Denver and almost as far south as St. Louis. New England, the Great Lakes, and the West Coast are expected to have average precipitation overall this fall.

September – November 2020 Precipitation Expectations

Looking for ways to mitigate the risk for your weather-dependent business? Contact Neoweather to see how cost-effective it is to get customized weather forecasts that focus on YOUR service area.

See How LiftGator Redesigned their Lift System

Ready to see another cool innovation that was shown at the 2020 NTEA Work Truck Show this year? Will the Welder and Snow Plow News took a close look at the redesigned LiftGator. Check out all the features and improvements below!

LiftGator Redesigned

The redesigned LiftGator is now completely ready for winter weather. Why? Check out these cool features:

  • Sealed wiring harness
  • Zinc plated components
  • Heavier jacks
  • Universally fits all trucks with a 2 to 2-1/2 inch hitch receiver
  • Completely portable to other pickups, flatbeds, utility or service trucks
  • Manufacturer claims that in installs in under 3 minutes
  • Available with a power or manual stabilizer unit
  • 48″ x 48″ platform
  • Push-button operation
  • Rechargeable battery (20 lifts on a single charge)
  • Folds for storage to take up less space
2020 LiftGator simply attaches to a hitch

Contractors can load up their equipment in a flash with fewer worker’s comp claims by investing in a LiftGator. These are particularly helpful with sidewalk snow removal equipment. Just load up to 1300 pounds and lift it with ease, saving both time and money. The LiftGator keeps your crew from struggling with ramps or accidentally falling off a ramp and getting hurt.

“This is an innovation that I absolutely love. It’s going to be a game-changer in the snow business.”

– Will Fries of Xtreme Fabrication (AKA Will the Welder)

See more product news and innovations from the 2020 NTEA World Truck Show on Snow Plow News here.

See What’s Happening Hurricane Laura and More!

The big news this week, of course, is Hurricane Laura. It’s expected to bring catastrophic damage to the coasts of Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. Aside from that, Neoweather expects to see decent amounts of rain on the eastern half of the country and above average temps continue. See all the details below while Brian Ivey presents this week’s forecast in a bright new tropical shirt! 🙂

Looks like Mother Nature is done messing around with hurricane teasers and is whipping up a major storm with Cat 3 or Cat 4 potential by the time it hits the coast later today and tomorrow. Hurricane Laura is well defined and threatening to bring 120-150 mile an hour wind gusts and tornadoes to Eastern Texas and Louisiana. Houston will get heavy winds and rain, but the worst of it is expected to be east of that area. After landfall, Hurricane Laura is expected to move north into Oklahoma before it weakens to normal precipitation and swings east.

Starting Friday the eastern half of the country is looking pretty green with widespread showers being forecasted nearly everywhere. Reminents of Laura cause some of the rain, but there is also a system coming down from Canada creates moisture and precipitation.

8/28/2020 Weather Map
8/28/2020 Weather Map

Once those systems move out, Neoweather expects to see cooler temperatures in the Upper Midwest late in the weekend. That front will product some active showers and high potential for thunderstorms in Missouri by early next week.

This week there will be more of an active weather pattern, more typical of what we would expect to see in the late summer, early fall. Speaking of fall, what kind of weather is expected based on the long term forecast models? Warm! The September through November temperature anomalies show varying degrees of above average temperatures throughout the country. As you might have guessed, the Western Rockies is expected to be well above average temps as the heat dome hangs on. The rest of the country is either above average or just slightly above average temps.

Fall 2020 Long Range Temp Anomalies Map
Fall 2020 Long Range Temp Anomalies Map

Weather apps and general forecasts are not meant to be used by weather-based companies to make their business decisions. That’s where Neoweather comes in. They can present you with all the details you need to deploy your crews at the right time, with the right equipment based on YOUR specific service area. Contact Neoweather today for details on how they can save you money.

What Makes a Meyer V-Plow Stand Out?

Jason from Meyer Products talked with Snow Plow News at the 2020 NTEA Work Truck Show about his opinion on the top 3 reasons that the Meyer V-Plow is better than the competition. See what he had so say below!

Meyer V Plow Advantages

The Meyer V Plow is made for ¾-ton and larger trucks. It has several advantages that can make a difference when purchasing a new plow.

First, the Meyer Super 13 V Plow comes with powerful LED lights as standard equipment on every plow. They have a thermostatically controlled heated element in the lights that automatically comes on when temps are between 40 to -10 degrees to keep ice from building up on the lenses.

Next, Meyer’s V Plow has Standard Operating System Wiring that was designed for a near plug and play experience. It works with the existing truck wiring so there is no need to tap into multiple different wires or splice wires together to connect your truck. This makes it very efficient to hook up and also to swap out plows on your truck.

Another highlight is the industry’s best warranty. Meyer provides an exclusive 5 year warranty while most competitors only offer up to 2 years.

Meyer Super-V3 Plow has Several Advantages
Meyer Super-V3 Plow has Several Advantages

In addition to what Jason had to say, here are the main highlights of the Meyer Super-V3 plow:

  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Comes in 3 sizes – 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 feet wide
  • All sizes come with a bottom trip blade (1/2″ x 6″ cutting edge)
  • Highest ground clearance in the industry
  • Nite Saber® LED lights are brighter than standard lights, have a longer life, and they use less power than standard lights
  • The piston grip controller has real-time diagnostics and a Hands-Free Plowing mode that lets drivers use the shift lever to control the plow blade’s up and down movement.
  • Exclusive Meyer Dura-Slick™ paint that is made with Teflon® and baked on to the steel for smooth snow-rolling and extra durability.

Looking for more details as you compare this V-Plow to others? Contact Meyer Products today!

See Who’s Getting Massive Warehouse Expansion

Here’s some good news about the economy in 2020 – Buyers Products is more than doubling the size of their warehouse and corporate headquarters in Mentor, Ohio to accommodate their ongoing growth.

Buyers Products 2020 Expansion

The new warehouse space will add 280,000 square feet and 20 additional docks for Buyers along with 67-foot-high ceilings. At the same time, they are expanding office space to add 17,500 square feet along with a larger parking lot for employees.

Representatives from Buyers explained that customer demand continues to grow and the expansion is needed to keep up on delivery expectations. Their existing warehouse was built in 2002 and expanded to 250,000 square feet back in 2007. This is a huge undertaking, more than doubling their size!

Buyers broke ground on their expansion on August 18 with a small ceremony that accommodated social distancing guidelines.

Since 1946, Buyers Products has specialized in durable truck boxes, heavy duty towing equipment, hydraulics, controls, and all-season trailer accessories. The Buyers line of snow and ice management equipment includes: SnowDogg® snow plows, SaltDogg® spreaders, and ScoopDogg snow pushers.

Extreme Heat This Week & Winter Weather Preview

This week kicks off with lots of precipitation in the Southeast and hotter than usual weather in the West. The barriers on the western heat dome break open over the days to come and higher than average temps spread to the Midwest. See all the details from Brian Ivey below.

8/19/2020 Weekly Weather Forecast & Winter Preview

The middle of the country starts off dry this week, with just a little bit of precipitation in the Northern Rockies. All the action seems to be in the Southeast where there are several systems of rain, especially on the East Coast where there may be a tropical system. It’s too soon to tell what will happen with that aside from lots of rain potential this weekend.

Out West things remain smokin’ hot with documented temps up to 130 degrees fahrenheit in Death Valley! The high pressure system out there is creating a major heat dome this week. That system will break down a bit in the days to come allowing the warm weather to spread eastward.

Map Showing Extreme Heat in the West 8/19/2020
Map Showing Extreme Heat in the West 8/19/2020

First Look at Winter 2020-2021 from Farmer’s Almanac

Brian shared a winter preview based on the Farmer’s Almanac this week. This is not based on any of today’s models or Neoweather forecasts, just a snapshot of what the good ‘ol Farmer’s Almanac has to say about Winter 2020-2021.

Winter 2020-2021 Farmer's Almanac Map
Winter 2020-2021 Farmer’s Almanac Map

The Farmer’s Almanac is suggesting that it won’t be a super snowy or cold winter. The standout items are a “more wet than white” prediction around the Great Lakes and “sheets of sleet” around the northern East Coast. The heavier snow is predicted for New England this year. Take this for what it’s worth to you. Future winter forecasts based on scientific models will be presented this fall from Neoweather.

If you are looking for accurate weather forecasts in your service area specifically, check out Neoweather for help. They provide customized forecasts with the details you need to make good decisions for your weather-dependent business.

Snowplow Poll: V-Plow vs Expandable Box Plow

Will the Welder stepped up on behalf of Snow Plow News during the 2020 NTEA Work Truck Show to ask industry experts what they prefer – a V plow or a power expanding box plow. See what people said below.

The bottom line is that it really depends on the market and the application. Most guys like the flexibility of the V plow for both residential use and parking lots. When you really need to cut through thick snow, the V plow is favored to get the job done. But when you need to clear a big parking lot fast, the expandable box plow works best as long as the snow isn’t too thick.

“I like the V plow for s a lot better…the V plow is great for the drifting and cutting right through it, but they can also carry a lot of snow to finish up big parking lots.”

Dale Chestnut of Double D Services in Wisconsin

“the V plow definitely, I like more… it works for all aspects compared to the extended plow that’s just gonna be for a big parking lot. It doesn’t have functionality in a household driveway.”

Steve Jennings of Jennings Welding & Fabrication in New York

“We probably sell way more V plows than expanding box. The price point is just a little higher on the expanding box… the V plow seems to be the biggest seller in our area.”

Tod Bozer of Bob’s Service in Alaska

“Both plows are great plows but they have different applications. The V plow is a lot better for breaking open deeper snow and you can still scoop and carry a lot of snow… the expandable plow would be able to carry more snow, so if you are keeping up with your parking lot that would be the more efficient option.”

Jeen Stork of Stork’s Plows in Pennsylvania

Looking for more information on different plow styles and name brands? You are in the right place! Check out more snow removal product news in our blog by clicking here.

Causing Trouble with the Buyers Expressway Plow

Nothing seems to stop the Expressway Municipal Snow Plow from Buyers Products. Nothing. Even smacking railroad tracks head-on at high speeds… hard to believe? Listen to Will the Welder tell the story along with why this plow is a total beast, especially when attached to an Oshkosh truck!

The Buyers Expressway plow (or Butterfly Plow) has been around for about two years, so it’s pretty new to the market but making a huge impression. This bad boy has a strength and durability that’s been put to the test and it can’t be beat! How do we know? Will tried to break it! He took this plow out on one of his 70 ton Oshkosh trucks and purposely hit bridge abutments, curbs, manhole covers and even railroad tracks (that last one was an accident)! They hit the railroad tracks so hard that it lifted the back end of a 70,000 pound truck! And guess what… the only damage to this mega plow was a bent cutting edge. This plow has been put to the test like no other, and passed with flying colors!

SnowDogg Expressway Municipal Snow Plow
SnowDogg Expressway Municipal Snow Plow

What Will loves about the SnowDogg Expressway Municipal Snow Plow

  • Crazy serious heavy-duty construction
  • The perfect curve for rolling snow off your plow and OVER guard rails
  • Throws snow incredible distances
  • Even at 45 mph speeds WITHOUT a deflector, no snow was hitting the windshield – it’s THAT good!
  • Comes in highly durable carbon steel powder coated or stainless steel
  • Tons of mounting systems for any truck

Other Important Features

  • Comes with a flared moldboard which is 40″ high in the middle and 55-56″ on either end
  • Full trip blade for forgiveness when hitting obstacles
  • Tubular steel push frame that runs the entire width of the moldboard’s ribs, giving you unbelievable strength protection against impact damage

If you are looking to add a municipal plow to your fleet, make sure you check this one out. You won’t be disappointed! Contact Buyers Products / SnowDogg for more information.

3 Advantages of a Western V Plow

Looking to add a V Plow to your line up? We caught up with Doug Clark from Western at the 2020 Work Truck Show. Here he gives his choice for the top three reasons that Western has the best V plow in the industry. Check out what he had to say!

1. UltraMount Mounting System

The receivers on the UltraMount mounting system have extra-wide four-inch clearance on all sides (left, right, up, and down). This makes it incredibly easy to attach your plow quickly – saving you time and money! All you need to do is pull up the shoe handle, remove the pin lock, rotate the handle, and plug in the electrical – then you’re ready to go!

2. Removable Receivers

After the snow stops blowing and it’s time to use your truck in the offseason, the receivers can be removed WITHOUT TOOLS. It can’t get any easier than that! Just pull out the pin and you’re good to go. That feature gives you back almost all of your ground clearance for the summer!

3. Innovative Pivot Bar

The Western V Plow comes with a patented pivot bar that keeps both the horns parallel to the ground for optimal drive-in alignment. It also gives you a cleaner scrape on uneven surfaces by allowing the blade to pivot.

Stainless Steel Western Enforcer V Plow
Western Enforcer V Plow

There are many more features on the Western V Plows that make these babies an industry leader. See them all as well as the specs by contacting Western or going to their website.

So NOW What’s Expected with the Weather?

After the violent straight line storm that crippled parts of Iowa and Illinois, what could possibly be in store for the country this week? Will the ongoing madness of 2020 continue? Watch this week’s weather video below to find out what Brian Ivey at Neoweather thinks!

8/12/2020 Weekly Weather Forecast Video

So they call this type of system a “Derecho” which is a mature, organized group of thunderstorms with a family of particularly damaging down burst. It caused significant damage and a few tornadoes. You’ve probably seen the crushed silos and flattened corn crops online. It traveled over 700 miles across the country.

Over the next couple of days, there is expected to be some storms and significant precipitation across the Southeast. The models aren’t in total agreement and they’ve been off a bit lately, but whether it’s spotty or widespread, we’re expecting precipitation in those areas. Not much is expected across the Midwest, Northeast or Western half of the U.S. until this weekend when the Upper Midwest may see some severe weather again. There’s the potential for a stormy system to pop up in North Dakota that may swing down into Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

8/12/2020 Weather Map showing SE precipitation

The American Model shows widespread rain in the Northeast over the weekend and into next week. So watch for rain hugging the East.

The heat dome in the West is expected to continue. No surprises there through next week. It will remain dry and hotter than average temperatures out that way.

Looking for customized forecasts to help you make smart decisions about deploying crews for your weather-based business? Contact Neoweather today for details on how you can actually SAVE money by using a service like this!