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 situation is foremost on everyone’s mind with a world-wide pandemic that’s like nothing the world’s current population has ever seen. Additionally, the spring severe weather season is in full swing across the contiguous USA. Well take a look at some severe weather safety information and more with this week’s picks…so let’s get started.
- “Galileo’s story is always relevant.” With science denialism stronger than ever, Galileo’s grapple with heresy charges is chillingly relevant.
- If you think the weather on our planet is wild, we’re going to learn some amazing things about Jupiter’s weather that will make you change your mind.
- New research is showing that microplastics are everywhere on our planet…even in sea spray.
- As stay-at-home recommendations relax during the current COVID-19 pandemic, delusions of safety increase exponentially. The inevitable result has the potential to be even more lethal than what we’ve already experienced worldwide.
- This blog post on Covid-19 has gone viral…& for very good reason. “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them.”
- Yet another fine example of manipulating misinformation and cherry picking at its finest. “Climate Deniers Argue Carbon Pollution Is Beneficial, Again Take Aim at EPA’s Endangerment Finding.“
- Here’s a very cool teaching resource for educators or at-home schoolers. NOAA has a very nice website where your students can learn a lot about weather. Check out SciJinks!
- Hurricane forecasting and preparedness has come a long way in just a few short decades. Here’s an fantastic look back at how life saving meteorological advancements took place.
- “Coronavirus Could Disrupt Weather Forecasting.” A vast amount of atmospheric data routinely gathered by commercial airliners has dropped sharply due to the coronavirus the World Meteorological Organization announced.
- Climate change is already a daunting challenge for humanity. For the USA, add climate change to the variety of frequent extreme weather events, and you have a particularly volatile recipe.
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
Regardless of where you live or the weather that is common to your region, make your NOAA weather radio an essential part of your information sources. Not only can it save your life, but at anytime of the day or night you can get your local forecast and special forecast updates on any potential weather hazards for up to a week in advance. They should be as common in home and workplaces as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Knowing where to get reliable, accurate, and timely weather information can be a daunting task, especially for folks who are new to a region that may be prone to a hurricane risk, winter storms, or episodes of severe weather (large hail, damaging straight line winds, and tornadoes). This infographic from NOAA’s National Weather Service will help you through the murky haze of disinformation.
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 stay home if possible, practice good personal hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy!
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