A short post this week, but plenty of severe weather preparedness information. With the USA’s severe weather season firmly entrenched, we’ve a few months of rough weather ahead. The links on this post, while not all inclusive, are intended as a spearhead to give you reliable information. One caveat: whether you’re preparing days before the possibility of storms, or needing information on a watch or warning, please stick to using National Weather Service information, NOAA Weather Radio, and the media outlets (tv and radio) of your choice. With warnings, time is of the essence…and official information sources are your safest choice.
- Take a look back in time at 60 years of amazing imagery from NASA.
- A fascinating astronomy read. “This I What It’ll Look Like When The Milky Way & Andromeda Galaxies Collide Billions Of Years From Now“
- Space weather is one of the most elusive areas of science in terms of difficulty in studying. It’s effects on our modern society is unmistakable. Here’s a good read on research of past solar storms and the possible ramifications on our high-tech society in the future.
- This interesting map from NOAA can show your monthly risk of severe weather. Move the slider button at the bottom of the map to highlight the climatological activity of severe weather occurrence.
- Rising sea levels are becoming the new normal for California. Here’s a good read on how rising seas pose a bigger economic threat for Californians than earthquakes and wildfires.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) will issue daily thunderstorm outlooks. The risk categories can run from ‘general’ thunderstorms to the very rare High Risk scenarios. Understanding what each risk category means is very important. Equally important is to remember than Marginal or Slight does not mean that storms will be ‘marginally’ or ‘slightly’ severe. Tornadoes have occurred on Marginal Risk days. The SPC has further information on risk categories at this page.
National Weather Service Homepage
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map
Sky Watcher Cloud Chart: An excellent 2 page PDF file from NOAA and NASA on cloud types and and information on how clouds form.
Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)
Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center
Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)
American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information
Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info
Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies
Please keep in mind that ONLY your local National Weather Service office, NOAA Weather Radio, or reliable broadcast media are the BEST sources of important, timely, and potentially life-saving weather information, watches, and warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
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