Past Octobers have certainly brought wild weather. YNN's Geoff Redick spoke with experts about why the weather can be so unpredictable this time of the year, and how you can stay prepared.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "You know, we always have to plan for the worst and hope for the best," said Gary Striar, American Red Cross Regional CEO.
Striar has seen it all in October.
He said, "This time of year is interesting. Last year obviously, we had a hurricane -- Hurricane Sandy at the end of October."
As the head of the Red Cross in the Capital Region, he knows it's critical to prepare for anything this time of year.
"We keep seeing time and time again, through home fires, through tornadoes, through thunderstorms, snowstorms, hurricanes...things do happen to people, all the time," said Striar.
YNN Meteorologist Mike Bono said, "The folks that cover severe weather, meaning damaging thunderstorms, tornadoes. They call it the 'second tornado season,' or 'second severe weather season.'"
Bono recalls historically-recorded temperatures this time of year, ranging from 20 degrees to 90. Wild weather in the midwest often dictates what we get here.
"You get cold air coming down from Canada, warm moist air from the Gulf, and they clash," said Bono.
The storms that spin off, push changing weather systems our way. Red Cross officials say it never hurts to be prepared.
"So this is a preparedness kit. This is sort of a basic one," said Striar.
No matter what the weather emergency, the essentials for you and your family remain the same. They include flashlights and batteries, a first-aid kit, food, blankets, and more.
"You know, they're sort of common-sense things. This is a large water container...very simple things, and it's a great project to have one of these in your home, or to have a couple for the family," he said.
It's also crucial to stay informed.
Striar said, "You'll hear it on radio, you hear it on TV, you can go on the internet and find out these things. So people just need to listen and watch today, and they'll know what they need to do."