Greetings everyone. I hope this week’s post finds everyone doing well. March continues as a very transitional month across the Northern Hemisphere as winter begins give way to brief warm spells and severe weather events. This week, we’ll take a look at tornado safety and severe weather risk categories. There are many other interesting science links to check out including an update to the US Drought Monitor, so let’s get started.
- Let’s start off with a intriguing astronomy read. “A New Mission Will Search for Habitable Planets at Alpha Centauri.”
- Due to climate change, spring is starting earlier in the Northern Hemisphere. For humans, that brings a host of new problems.
- The latest IPCC report on climate change clearly and soundly conveys the urgency of the climate crisis.
- With the latest IPCC report in mind, there is a glimmer of hope or two regarding the situation.
- Here is this week’s update on the USA Drought Monitor. Conditions east of the Mississippi river have seen dramatic improvement. Extreme or exceptional drought conditions exist for much of the central and southern plains states. Substantial improvements have shown up this week in the west but, for California in particular, at the cost of devastating floods.
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY
- As spring settles in across the Northern Hemisphere, severe weather events become more frequent. With knowledge being pow, here’s some great information to help keep you safe. This is an essential read on severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and related hazards in an excellent 20 page PDF file from the National Weather Service…”Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning. Nature’s Most Violent Storms.” Next, we’ll take a look look at Tornado Sheltering Guidelines, the Storm Prediction Center’s severe thunderstorm risk categories, and then a great checklist to help you prepare an emergency kit. 2023 has gotten off to an early start in many areas of the plains and south with numerous significant severe weather events. By some accounts, the rest of 2023 could be a very active severe weather and tornado season. Regardless of what transpires, being prepared is imperative.
This important infographic focuses on winter weather and social media. However, it also applies to any weather conditions that occur years round regardless of where you live. Remember that your NOAA weather radio, local NWS Office, and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice are always the best choices for all types of weather…from clement to life threatening situations.
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