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 and Covid-19 pandemic is foremost on everyone’s mind with a world-wide pandemic that’s like nothing the world’s current population has ever seen. We’ll cover that topic with several of this week’s picks…so let’s get started.
- Let’s start with a very good FAQ about the coronavirus and COVIS=19. This is only one of many excellent sources of basic information to help you understand what is taking place with our current global pandemic.
- This is a startling view of just how the coronavirus spread round our home. It just shows how easily many life-threatening pathogens can spread from continent to continent.
- People who are asymptomatic could be spreading coronavirus & Covid-19 to much of the population and they’re not even aware of it.
- As is the case with so many viruses, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can live for many days on a variety of surfaces.
- A common misconception concerning viruses is they ‘disappear’ during the warmer months of the year…depending on which hemisphere you live in. The best answer to that is…maybe.
- When those warmer months show up, we tend to get outdoors more often. With the current pandemic, that may not be an option for many people. If you’re feeling the strain of being indoors, this is a good read that will help you through the quarantine that very well may save your life.
- As our climate warms, many species of animals have challenges on adapting. “With Temperatures Rising, Can Animals Survive the Heat Stress?”
- Extreme weather events have become more commonplace in recent years. This is causing a particularly challenging scenario for forecasters.
- While on the topic of forecasting, changes in our planet’s ozone layer are redirecting global wind patterns. We’ve yet to see what ramifications this has on weather forecasts.
- Last but not least, staying informed about severe weather potential and ongoing storms can be stressful enough. Keeping up with a severe weather event and getting overwhelmed by other very important events can seem far too much. “Seven Calming Ways To Keep Up With Stormy Weather While Avoiding The News.”
Flooding is a threat that exists year round but with the onset of the spring severe weather season, it’s become more likely across North America. Here are some helpful infographics from NOAA regarding staying safe if you encounter the weather phenomenon that causes more deaths annually than any other hazard.
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.
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!
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