Greetings to all! This week, we’ll continue our focus on severe weather preparedness. On the day of this post, the first Moderate Risk for the USA’s southern plains is taking shape as we have a potent severe weather setup gathering steam. This week’s post contains more severe weather safety links with a focus on taking shelter during a tornado warning. There are also several new, interesting stories to review, so let’s get started.
- A very interesting astronomy read. “The Universe Has Never Truly Been Empty.”
- “The solar wind, explained.” While solar wind protects Earth from other harmful particles coming from space, storms can also threaten our satellite & communications networks.
- Here’s a fascinating climate read that has a little bit of science history in it and how it relates to our current world.
- This is a very thought provoking read. “I’m a Climate Scientist — Here Are 3 Key Things I Have Learned Over a Year of COVID.”
- On the irrevocable link between forms of life on earth and climate. “Butterflies Are Disappearing In The Western US.“
- For all the good legal cannabis does for medical purposes, the growers have to face the fact that they’re a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Large scale rivers of air are crucial to moving moisture around our planet. In recent times, these atmospheric rivers can bring heavy snow to the Antarctic, but can also hasten ice melt.
- Many equatorial regions are used to year round heat, but climate change trends could make the tropics too hot for human habitation.
- Calculating climate normals is a daunting task in any scenario, but with climate change, even more substantial changes are ahead. “NOAA’s Updated U.S. Climate Data Will Establish “New Normal.”
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
- Let’s start with an excellent two-page printable PDF file from NOAA that covers the basics of severe weather safety.
- This NOAA safety page has a plethora of good information on staying safe during weather and climate issues from air quality to lightning to tornadoes to wildfires.
- Highway overpasses are often mistaken as a safe haven from severe weather and especially tornadoes. NOTHING ABOUT THIS MYTH IS REMOTELY CONNECTED TO THE TRUTH.
THIS WEEK’S SEVERE WEATHER INFOGRAPHICS: TAKING SHELTER FROM TORNADOES!
As is often the case, where you take shelter during a Tornado Warning is just as important as the decision to heed a warning. The highest number of deaths almost always occur in the ‘Worst Options’ scenarios.
PREPARING AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR HOME, VEHICLE, AND WORK
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.
Where you get your weather forecasts, warnings, and other important information is as important as being informed. Discretion is of the upmost importance when you’re trying to stay weather aware.
Social media is a very useful tool that can be misused for misinformation, disinformation, and hype. While this infographic is geared towards, winter weather, it certainly applies to ALL types of weather year round.
That’s a wrap for this post! Be sure to check in next week when we’ll take a look at more severe weather safety. I’d like to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, sport a spiffy mask, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy! See you next Saturday!
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