Hello everyone and thank you for visiting. It’s been another busy week for science news. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now in spite of the fact that we’ve several more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season. This week’s post will continue with a plethora of links to help you with hurricane preparations. 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.
- First, let’s check in on the current COVID-19 pandemic. The death rate for the USA has been so high that, “Covid-19 has cut more than two years from life expectancy in 16 U.S. states in the past year, with the worst damage concentrated in the Sun Belt and the Great Plains.”
- Here’s some good news for a change. Wind turbines are getting bigger, more powerful, and are generating increasingly larger amounts of electricity.
- Some startling images of familiar locations. “What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized.”
- While on the topic of flooding, here’s a very good listen. “Floods threaten to shut down a quarter of U.S. roads and critical buildings.”
- Very interesting lightning read. “Lightning strikes may trigger short-term thinning in the ozone layer.” Lightning may have a broader impact on the atmosphere than scientists once thought.
- If you live in an American city that bakes during the summer, the heat island effect is probably no stranger to you. An increasing number of cities around the world are becoming more susceptible to its effects.
- A new report from NOAA shows how the USA is on a path to setting a record for billion dollar weather disasters in 2021 alone.
- The World Health Organization has released a report that expresses the concern over the significance of climate change and global public health.
HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, 2021 and officially ends on November 30, 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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