Greetings to one and all. I hope everyone is having a good week. The important news from COP26 is front and center as the climate talks wrapped up. We’ll continue to cover that this week. For the time being, the tropical Atlantic is quiet. 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 a couple of weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, it’s still a good idea to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. On that note, let’s get started.
- This is a very important read on the importance of free flowing rivers and how policymakers can protect them.
- This is a very important update on the current climate talks. “COP26 climate pledges: What scientists think so far.” Many countries have promised to end deforestation, curb methane emissions, and stop public investment in coal power. Researchers warn the real work of COP26 is yet to come.
- At COP26, the Glasgow Declaration on Zero-Emission Cars and Vans has been signed by at least one hundred countries, states, cities, and businesses. The goal is to end the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035 in leading markets and by 2040 worldwide. Considering the fact that internal combustion engines are contributing more and more emissions resulting in greenhouse gases, this will be an important step.
- Now that the COP26 has wrapped up, the concerns of many include the question, “Is it too late?“
- Here’s some very good news on a new study to come. “NASA selects new mission to study storms, impacts on climate models.”
- A large ozone hole over Antarctica that is monitored by NOAA and NASA satellites has grown in size significantly during 2021.
- The latest drought summary for October 2021 has been issued by NDMC and NOAA. Across the western contiguous USA, substantial 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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