Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Picks For March 13 – 20, 2020 – #science #weather #meteorology #tornado #severeweather #climate #climatechange #environment #renewables #solar #weatherready #coronavirus #covid19

Greetings once again to one and all! Plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. In atmospheric science news, our changing climate is front and center and will be for many years as humanity grapples with the best path of adaptation. The coronavirus is the big story with the USA now under, as of 13 March 2020, a national emergency and a world-wide pandemic that’s like nothing the world’s population has never seen. We’ll cover that topic with several of this week’s picks…so let’s get started.

Tornado Safety Guidelines

Severe weather and tornadoes may be the last thing many want to hear about, but it is that time of year and to deny or avoid that reality is to invite trouble. With the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we have our biggest annual increase in severe weather activity. For much of North America, that also means a substantial increase in tornado activity. If you are in a Tornado Warning, it’s imperative that you do not ignore the warming or listen for sirens. “Tornado warning sirens” are cold-war era technology that is ineffective. When you do take shelter, please follow the following guidelines from NOAA & the National Weather Service.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS/FEMA
Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS
Infographic courtesy NWS Norman, OK

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TAKE SHELTER FROM A STORM AND/OR TORNADO IN AN UNDERPASS!

Infographic courtesy NWS Norman, OK

An emergency kit is also an essential part of severe weather preparedness. This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you get started. Since severe weather and other weather-related disasters can occur year round, it’s an excellent idea to have this at the ready regardless of where you live or the month/season.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so am I and I invite you to enjoy me. Once again I’d like to thank so many of you for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received as of late. Cancer does not have to be an automatic death sentence and I have no intention of giving up this fight and will accept nothing but absolute and total victory. If you’re a male over the age of 40, you should discuss getting your PSA tested with your doctor. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is an excellent website with further information. As for the coronavirus, please follow good personal hygiene and prescribed by official sources, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Cheers…and Good Luck!

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