The past week has been exceptionally active across much of North America. Hurricane Ida was front and center with landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. This week’s post has a plethora of links to help you with hurricane preparations. There are many more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, so now is the time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. Elsewhere, much of western North America is still reeling from wildfires and a severe drought. There are many other good science reads to review for this week, so let’s get started.
- While the origins of the COVID-19 virus is not yet clear, recent research has given us a clearer understanding of its origins.
- The view from above gives us visually spectacular, and very sobering, imagery of the Arctic ‘loosing its soul.‘
- We’ve seen many of these clouds in recent weeks across western North America. “Understanding Pyrocumulonimbi, aka Fire Clouds.”
- This is a new ‘normal’ we’re not prepared for. “Our Future On A Hotter Planet Means More Climate Disasters Happening Simultaneously.”
- Speaking of a new normal, adaptation is the key to survival for the world’s population centers. “NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World.”
- Hurricane Ida made landfall on the Louisiana coast on 29 August 2021. Here’s a very good read on the role climate change plays in many such events.
- Here are some startling before and after aerial images of specific locations in Louisiana that were in the path of Hurricane Ida.
- There have been many comparisons between Hurricane Ida and Katrina. In so many ways, they were two very different storms.
- The Atlantic hurricane season has been a busy one for 2021. Hurricane Ida will certainly go down in the history books. In August 2021, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center updated the official Atlantic hurricane season outlook. “Atlantic Hurricane Season Shows No Signs Of Slowing.”
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 related safety information. 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!
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