Greetings to one and all. For the time being, the tropical Atlantic is quiet. We’ll go more into that in one of this week’s reads. This week’s post will continue with a plethora of links to help you with hurricane preparations. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30, 2021. Since there are still several more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, now is the time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. The upcoming COP26 climate summit is front and center in news and there’s much at stake for this year, so let’s get started.
- This is a very thought provoking read on dangers of misinformation, disinformation, & the dearth of critical thinking. “Misinformation is the invasive species of 2021.“
- “Why chemical pollution is turning into a third great planetary crisis.” Thousands of synthetic substances have leaked into ecosystems everywhere, & we’re just beginning to realize the devastating consequences.
- “COP26 climate summit: A scientists’ guide to a momentous meeting.” This immersive explainer explores what’s on the line at COP26 & takes stock of scientists’ hopes & fears for the meeting.
- At COP26, there is a great deal at stake. “Earth will warm by 2.7°C under pledges made ahead of COP26.”
- Here’s an interesting look at how climate pledges from differing countries compare to one another.
- In spite of recent heavy rains, drought conditions persist across the western USA. However, these flooding rains of late were exacerbated by climate change.
- Even with pandemic lockdowns, data from the World Meteorological Organization indicates that record levels of greenhouse gases were reached in 2020.
- ICYMI: After many, many weeks of tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic, we’ve entered a quiet spell. Will this last for the rest of the hurricane season? What will it take to awaken this region’s slumber?
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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