Greetings to everyone! This week, we’ll continue our focus on tornado safety and preparedness. Of course, there are also several new, interesting stories to review…so let’s get started.
- For my fellow dinosaur fans, here’s some interesting news. Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur that, compared to other dinosaurs, may have had exceptional hearing.
- The helicopter that caught a ride on Perseverance to Mars finally took a short trip…and sent back it’s first photo!
- Speaking of photos taken on Mars, this image brought speculation that rainbows occur on Mars. Actually, it was something totally different.
- This image of Mars from NASA gives us a spectacular view of blue dunes on the red planet.
- In spite of the ongoing pandemic and shutdowns taking place world wide, CO2 emissions continue to rise.
- Have a few minutes? Here’s a good listen. “Why There Is A Change Coming To Your Local Weather Forecast.”
- This is a timely and fascinating read from US Tornadoes on tornado occurrence patterns. The traditional ‘tornado season’ doesn’t always follow the rules.
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 SAFETY INFOGRAPHICS…
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. As of late, it’s been brought to my attention that there have been amateur ‘forecasters’ using graphics with the intention of appearing as professional and official sources of information on Twitter, Facebook, et al. They should NOT be taken as official sources of potentially life-saving warnings and weather forecasts and updates.
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 final review of 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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