Greetings and thanks to all who have stopped by. The big news this week is the devastating series of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. It’s a humbling reminder of just how deadly, damaging, and unexpected these significant seismic events are. Unfortunately, cold is playing a big part in the recovery effort. Across the northern hemisphere, we’ve many more weeks of winter ahead so let’s continue our winter weather safety information. But first, there are many other interesting science links to check out. Let’s get started.
- The recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria are one of the 21st century’s worst natural disasters. Here’s a concise explanation of why those earthquakes were so deadly and damaging.
- Earthquakes are often so deadly because they happen with little or no warning. However, that doesn’t negate the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness. Here’s an excellent read on getting started with seven helpful tips to help those living in earthquake prone regions.
- Weather modification is nothing new. Recent attempts have been made to increase rainfall for drought stricken areas. The problem is that it’s exceptionally difficult to measure the true long term affects…and hazards…of messing with nature’s natural processes.
- Winter storms in the USA aren’t quite what they used to be. Climate change is a major facet in how winter storms affect those of us especially in the lower 48.
- While on the topic of storms, in the USA alone, over three million people were displaced from their homes due to natural disasters in 2022.
- Now for a look at the first month of this year from NOAA. January 2023 was active in many ways and, for a winter month, quite warm as well.
- Here is the latest update on the USA Drought Monitor. Conditions east of the Mississippi river have improved significantly while parts of the central and southern plains still have extreme or exceptional drought conditions in spite of recent snow, sleet, and rainfall.
WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY
- If you’re looking for winter weather preparedness and safety information, here’s an excellent website for everything you need to know for before and after the storm. This all inclusive website from NOAA and the National Weather Service will help you prepare for the storm and tell you how to stay safe afterwards. Here’s some more winter safety information from OSHA geared towards those who have to work outdoors in the cold. The infographics have tips on dressing for the cold and five things to keep in mind during the coldest months of the year.
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