Greetings everyone and thank you for visiting. It’s certainly been another busy week for science news. For North America, the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is still with us and so is Atlantic tropical cyclone Sam. This week’s post will continue with a plethora of links to help you with hurricane preparations. There are still several more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, so now is the time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. There are many other good science reads to review, so let’s get started.
- Let’s start with some good news. Two new species of dinosaur have been discovered in the UK!
- A spectacular view! “No News Here, Just a Beautiful Globular Cluster Captured by Hubble. That is all.”
- A very revealing read on one of the most frustrating problems facing astronomers: light pollution.
- Kilauea is stirring. “One of the most active volcanoes on Earth begins erupting in Hawaii.”
- High, rocky peaks are no longer an insurmountable hurdle for wildfires. “How Climate Change Helped Fires Cross the Sierra Nevada for the First Time.”
- While on the topic of wildfires, they are responsible for generating gigantic clouds of hazardous smoke…and people thousands of miles away from these wildfires are suffering with heath issues brought on by the smoke.
- An important read on what we will be leaving for future generations. “Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows.”
- “Hurricane Sam Is Latest Monster in Active Storm Season.” Tropical cyclones around the Earth are becoming more intense, but not necessarily more frequent, with climate change.
- The latest USA Drought Monitor has been issued by NOAA. For much of the western half of the contiguous USA, extreme and exceptional drought conditions persist.
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 quality mask, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay positive, and test negative!
See you next Saturday!
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