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ost news having to do
with climate change
focuses on climbing
global temperatures. But
those in the tenting
industry who work in
northern climates know that shifts in
weather patterns also bring unexpected
cold-and that working in frigid temperatures
is simply part of the business.
For example, in January 2019,
according to the Yale Climate Connections
newsletter, a cold air outbreak swept
across portions of the northern Plains
and midwestern U.S. During that time,
temperatures plunged below -40° F,
LEFT: Regal Tents and Structures is no
stranger to erecting tents in snowy winter
weather-the company is based in Stoney
Creek, Ont., Canada. Photo courtesy of Regal
Tents and Structures.
BELOW: Cold weather makes everything
about tented events more diffi cult, says
Keven Denney, president of Lafayette Tents
& Events, which erected this structure. Photo
courtesy of Lafayette Tents & Events.
with wind chills reaching more than -60°
F. Even with that extreme, though, the
average temperature for the month in
the U.S. was nearly three degrees warmer
than normal, and the month was also the
globe's third-warmest January on record.
And, of course, the winter of 2020-21
also brought with it the need for tents to
deliver COVID-related services, a situation
that could possibly repeat itself in the
winter of 2021-22. The same goes for
tents put up for outdoor dining and other
consumer services, allowed in some
municipalities where indoor services
have been restricted or prohibited.
For this article, we talked to ive
companies that do tented events in the
cold, and each has a slightly different take
on the task. But all agree on one thing:
" Tenting in the winter is a huge challenge. "
NOT WARM, BUT BUSINESS GREW
In many winters, Joe Hynes, owner of
Northeast Tent Productions in Stamford,
Conn., would see an increase in tented
event business if the weather happened
to be unusually warm. This past winter
was just the opposite-the weather
was colder but business boomed.
Besides erecting tents for schools,
hospitals and other facilities, Northeast
catered to residents who wanted tents
that could be used for Thanksgiving
and other holiday gatherings while
still following local ordinances.
" We could provide a bar or food
service outside to give them a little more
room, " Hynes says.
The wild card in winter tenting is not
necessarily the temperature, according to
Hynes-it's the precipitation. " If it snows,
for example, any tent setup is going to
require a lot of maintenance, " he says.
" You really have to plan for the worst-case
scenario and then price for that as well. "
A signiicant amount of the cost
involved in winter tenting, Hynes says, is
the fuel that's required to heat the tents.
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