Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links And Hurricane Preparedness Info For July 6 – 13, 2019

Greetings one and all! I hope the weather is to your liking regardless of where you live. Here in the Great Plains of the USA, the summer heat doldrums have settled in for good. The big news for this week was Tropical Cyclone Barry, the second named storm in the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry was well forecast by the National Hurricane Center and, like all land-falling tropical cyclones, presented a substantial flooding danger. A few changes for me on a personal level which will mean changes on posts. I’m reevaluating Twitter from a personal perspective until further notice due to the incessant combative nature that has become its modus operandi. As for this site, I’ll be frequently posting articles and links one by one rather than a weekly post. With the health issues I’m dealing with, this will be easier on me. On that note, let’s start on this week’s links.

  1. The recent California earthquakes have inevitably led to questions regarding the possibility of any connection or effect on the San Andreas fault.
  2. An interesting astronomy read on a very good question. “Does The Universe Rotate?
  3. The state of Alaska has been having some record breaking heat as of late. For residents of that state, what does this mean in the long term?
  4. For the UK, David Attenborough told a UK parliamentary committee that there’s no time to waste in confronting the dangers of climate change.
  5. Meanwhile in the USA, the current administration isn’t so clever when it comes to climate science.
  6. Welcome to balmy Montreal! By the year 2050, seventy-seven percent of major cities around the world that were examined by climate scientists will have a very different climate compared to what they experience today.
  7. Are you concerned about climate change? Take some advice and action from the GI Generation. Plant a Victory Garden.
  8. Tropical Cyclone Barry has caused enough trouble, but the flooding in New Orleans from this storm’s rainfall will be going from bad to worse.
  9. The arrival of summer also means the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is your best source for information on tropical cyclones and any other forecast information you may need. This post has an extensive list of hurricane preparedness information links and infographics that will provide a good starting point on staying informed.
  10. Finally, as Barry moves inland, it will weaken…but that will not be the end of its potentially disastrous and deadly effects.

Hurricane Preparedness And Tropical Cyclone Barry

With Tropical Cyclone Barry having made landfall very early in the Atlantic hurricane season, I hope these links may be of help to you. The beginning of June brings the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. For the next few weeks, I’ll share some informative links pertaining to this threat that, like many other weather hazards across North America, occurs annually. Some years are relatively quiet, some not so. The important fact to remember is that it only takes one tropical storm or hurricane to affect the lives of millions. Unlike tornadoes, tropical cyclones can be forecast days in advance which, for those in its path, is fortunate since it gives them plentiful time to prepare and evacuate. These are links pertaining to tropical cyclones (tropical storms & hurricanes) that I hope you’ll find helpful.

National Weather Service Homepage

National Hurricane Center

Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Extensive FEMA Emergency Preparedness Document (34 Page PDF File)

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

USA Environmental Protection Agency: General Information For Disaster Preparedness And Response

Flash flooding will be the main hazard with a storm like Barry. While there will be some wind damage, the ongoing flooding will only go from bad to worse. Under no circumstances should anyone underestimate the power of water. It only takes a few inches of water to sweep a person or a vehicle away.

Infographic courtesy NOAA
Infographic courtesy NOAA
Infographic courtesy NOAA

This excellent Emergency Kit checklist from the American Red Cross is very helpful in assisting you while you compile items for your disaster preparedness kit. A kit like this should be available year round…there are many winter weather scenarios where the same items will come in handy.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

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!

That’s a wrap for this post! Thanks so much to all of you who follow me…your loyalty is sincerely appreciated.


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