Greetings to one and all! I hope this week’s post finds you health and happy. Drought and wildfires still plague much of western North America this past week. Parts of Europe have also been dealing with wildfires. All is quiet for now in the tropical Atlantic, but that could change in a few days. The National Hurricane Center updated the 2021 tropical cyclone outlook on August 4. A link to that information is included in this weeks post. We’ll also continue our review of hurricane safety/preparedness and summer heat safety. There are many other good science reads to review for this week, so let’s get started.
- The planet Mars holds many secrets. What was thought to me a ‘buried lake’ has turned out to be something entirely different.
- A sobering read on the close connection between our warming atmosphere and our oceans. “Scientists Horrified by Growing ‘Dead Zone’ in Ocean.”
- A good read on the complexities of climate change and public policy. “The Science Museum’s ‘Gagging Clause’ is the Tip of the Iceberg When it Comes to its Flawed Approach to Climate Change.”
- This is an interesting look at the impacts and perceptions of climate change amongst Americans.
- “Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse.” A shutdown of the Atlantic currents would have devastating global impacts.
- California has taken the brunt of many extreme weather events in recent years. To add insult to injury, a ‘protection gap’ will worsen the situation for the state’s residents.
- Here’s an excellent interactive look at wildfires…from prescribed burns to the devastating wildfires that kill and destroy.
- For those of us who love supercell thunderstorms, here’s some eye candy to help us through the rest of the long, hot summer.
- Last but not least, the National Hurricane Center has an updated Atlantic hurricane outlook. An above average season is expected. Below you will find a plethora of links covering hurricane preparedness.
QUICK REVIEW OF SUMMER HEAT SAFETY
In light of the ongoing North American heat wave, here are some very helpful infographics on heat safety that could save someone’s life.
HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, 2021. As is the case with most years, the late summer and autumn months comes the peak of activity. This is a list of tropical cyclone safety and preparedness links that I hope you’ll find helpful and spearhead your preparedness plan. None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
HURRICANE SAFETY & EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
The following infographics cover many important topics including emergency kits, staying informed, and avoiding misinformation and disinformation that are applicable to tropical cyclone scenarios. Tornadoes are also common in land-falling tropical storms and hurricanes. If in doubt, always stay with OFFICIAL sources of important information, forecasts, and warnings.
Even though this infographic is focused on winter weather, it certainly applies to weather information year round. Diligence from January through December is important to cull through misinformation, disinformation, and unfounded rumors.
Please keep in mind that ONLY NOAA weather radio, your local National Weather Service office, or reliable broadcast media are the BEST sources of important, timely, and potentially life-saving information on hurricane/tropical storm watches, warnings, and other related warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
That’s a wrap for this post! If you’d like a detailed review of tornado and severe weather safety, please review April and May posts. Next week we’ll continue information on hurricane preparedness and summer heat 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, get vaccinated, 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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