Greetings everyone! I hope this week’s post finds you health, happy, and the weather is to your liking. The big news this week is the IPCC’s climate report. The full report is in this week’s post. During the past week, drought and damaging wildfires have plagued much of western North America and eastern Europe. In the tropical Atlantic activity has increased in recent days. We’ve still the most active weeks of the hurricane season ahead. The National Hurricane Center updated the 2021 Atlantic tropical cyclone outlook. An active season is anticipated. A link to the updated outlook 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.
- There are many mysteries regarding the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Studying data with the scientific method will ultimately lead to sound answers.
- Here’s some encouraging news regarding renewable energy. “Offshore turbines could be a windfall for the US steel industry.”
- Do severe thunderstorms have a detrimental effect on the stratosphere and its chemistry? A new study from NASA intends to find out.
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a exceptionally important update on climate change. “AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” In terms of importance, this is a watershed event that clearly conveys the severity of the climate crisis. Here’s a concise overview on the report’s five climate futures.
- This contains some very insightful perspectives from the IPCC’s lead author on the new climate report.
- Record breaking heat has been taking place in several locations around the globe. On 11 August 2021, Sicily hit a high of 48.8C (120F) setting a new record high temperature for all of Europe.
- In case you missed it, the National Hurricane Center has an updated Atlantic hurricane outlook. “Atlantic Hurricane Season Shows No Signs Of Slowing.”
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!
Central Pacific Hurricane Center
National Weather Service Homepage
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
NOAA Climate Prediction Center
NCAR Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project
HURRICANE SAFETY & EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information
American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF file)
Extensive FEMA Emergency Preparedness Document (34 Page PDF File)
Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info
Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map
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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