The past week has seen many big science stories come across our news feeds. For North America, the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. 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. Much of western North America is still dealing with wildfires and a severe drought. There are many other good science reads to review for this week, so let’s get started.
- Adaptation is often the key to success and survival. “Time to change how we fight wildfires.”
- Recycling can be a challenging task when sorting items at home and determining whether an item can be recycled. In California, this common task just got more complicated.
- “The ozone hole over the South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica.” This year’s hole is larger than 75 % of previous ozone holes at this point in the season since 1979.
- More than half of the world’s urban greenhouse gas emissions are produced by just over two dozen cities.
- Very disconcerting news. “Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate, analysis shows.”
- Quite often in the aftermath of a substantial and record breaking weather event, it is referred to as a one in one thousand year event. At that point, people often wonder how something can be called a one in one thousand year event when we don’t have observations of documentation going that far back? This excellent and concise read from NOAA explains how.
- Interesting insights & perspectives. “Experts weigh in on Hurricane Ida & deadly flash floods in New York City.”
- “Rare Arctic Hurricane Dampens Historic Greenland Melting.” Hurricane Larry brushed past the southeastern coast of Greenland which is a rare feat for a former Atlantic hurricane.
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! Next week we’ll continue information on hurricane preparedness and safety. A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. 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 positive, and test negative!
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