Greetings to one and all. The news that is front and center this week is COP26. We’ll cover that in several links thsi week. For the time being, the tropical Atlantic has Wanda, the sole system that is ongoing as of this post. 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. There are many other stories worth reviewing, so let’s get started.
For many areas across the USA, Standard Time starts at 2:00 AM local time on November 7, 2021. While you’re setting your clocks back one hour, put new batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and your NOAA weather radio. Like your detectors, your NOAA weather radio is a vital source of important weather and emergency information year round.
- Let’s start with a fascinating history of science read. “‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio.“
- These are some badly needed goals for the near future. “US astronomy’s 10-year plan is super-ambitious.“
- Astronomers may have found a planet in another galaxy. If this is true, it would be a significant scientific achievement.
- Time will tell if these countries will honor their words and promises. “COP26: Countries promise coal phase-out & end to fossil fuel finance.”
- Clean energy sources are imperative for the near future. How might we achieve and work with various types of renewable energy?
- Can the most staunch climate deniers change their minds in the face of overwhelming evidence? Well…maybe.
- When it comes to climate change news, we need all the encouraging information we can get. “Latest climate pledges could limit global temperature rise, a new report says.”
- Across the USA, 2020 was yet another record year for billion dollar weather and climate disasters. Overall, there were twenty-two events which broke the previous record of sixteen events. To date, there have been eighteen billion dollar events in 2021. NOAA has an excellent overview of this exceptionally disturbing trend.
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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