With the changing of the seasons in the northern hemisphere, attention will shift to winter weather safety. We’ll touch on that topic with plenty of information this week and in the weeks to come. There are many other good stories to cover this week, so lets get started.
- If, like me, you’re in favor of staying with standard time and dumping the anachronistic daylight saving time, you’ll enjoy this read. “The Father of Standard Time Had Bigger Ideas.” However, as most weather geeks like myself do, we pretty much live our lives by UTC!
- “How Geologists Reveal the Secrets of the Solar System.” Rocks that have fallen to Earth or been brought here deliberately are practically the only way we can study planets & asteroids up close.
- Life aboard the International Space Station may seem glamorous, exciting, and a never ending adventure. Truth be know, there are some unsavory elements with which you will also have to contend with.
- It all comes down to human behavior & the ‘3 W’s.’ “Hot or cold, weather alone has no significant effect on COVID-19 spread.” Apparently, temperature & humidity do not play a significant role in the spread of coronavirus.
- While on the topic of COVID-19, here’s yet more evidence that air pollution in the USA can be held responsible for increasing the risk of dying of this most insidious virus.
- The world’s oceans and many beaches are awash in plastic trash. Which countries are responsible for all of that pollution is a hotly debated issue.
- The United States officially pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord on 4 November 2020. What’s next for the USA as other countries aim at targets to reduce emissions?
- Studying high winds generated in all kinds of storms isn’t easy. The next obvious solution is to generate winds in a laboratory setting that might represent to a degree those found in nature.
- In spite of autumn having arrived across the Northern Hemisphere, it’s never too early to hone your forecasting skills, especially when it comes to severe weather…which is certainly not limited to the spring months. Here’s an excellent read by US Tornadoes on several common and pervasive myths that can bust your forecast.
- With autumn having settled in across the northern hemisphere, weather concerns for many areas turn to winter weather safety. NOAA has an excellent publication that covers one of the most underrated weather hazards. (12 page PDF file)
WINTER WEATHER AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has officially come to an end. Though tropical cyclone activity can still occur, statistically we’re entering the end of the season. 2020 will go down in the record books for many facets of an extraordinary year. Now, across much of the northern hemisphere, attention turns to winter weather hazards. The same preparedness plans and supplies that are helpful for tropical cyclones are beneficial to have for winter weather. NOAA has a very nice Winter Weather Safety website to help you get ready with plenty of helpful tips and information you may need.
This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you put together an emergency kit for a variety of weather scenarios. A kit like this is very helpful in a variety of other difficult scenarios from wildfires to blizzards to tornadoes and hurricanes.
I would be remiss to not remind folks to stick with trusted and reliable sources for your weather information. A NOAA weather radio is essential and should be as common in homes and workplaces as smoke detectors…regardless of where you live in the USA and its territories. Of course, broadcast meteorologists of your choice are often equipped with sources of important information that is specific to your locale. Here’s an excellent and concise video on spotting misinformation you might see online. Bottom line: use discretion very carefully and avoid hypesters, shills, and attention-seekers at all cost…and think before you click.
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, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, sport a spiffy mask as often as you can, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy!
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