Greetings everyone. I hope this week’s post finds everyone doing well. We’ve had a bit of a respite from severe weather events, but it won’t last long. I will continue this week with more severe weather preparedness infographics for you. The latest US Drought Monitor has been updated. Last but not least, one more look at an interesting read on the high probability that, for the USA, tornadoes may becoming more intense in regions that already see a high level of tornado activity. There’s plenty of other news, so let’s get started.
- In spite of its age, the Hubble telescope continues to capture amazing images in the universe.
- This should come as no surprise. “Gulf Oil Platforms Emit Even More Methane than Reported.“
- Was March 2023 warm? Yes, exceptionally warm, globally. NOAA has all the details in this report.
- It’s that time of year when spring temperatures bring on hazards of enclosed vehicles. Here’s a reminder on the hazards to children, pets, and vehicles as temperatures rise.
- If you happen to be in a Red Flag Warning, you should take this as seriously as any severe weather warning.
- In case you missed this important read on tornado activity, here it is again. Are we facing a future of more intense thunderstorms and the tornadoes they produce? The possibility is certainly high. Here’s a very good, concise read on that topic. There’s also a link to a very detailed American Meteorological Society research study that addresses the threat in more detail.
- Here is this week’s update on the USA Drought Monitor. Conditions east of the Mississippi river have improved a great deal. Extreme or exceptional drought conditions continue for much of the central and southern plains states. Some areas of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle region have gone several months without any beneficial rainfall.
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY
- The severe weather season in 2023 has been one of the most active in recent years and a record has already been set in the USA for tornado activity. With knowledge being power and the most important factor in staying safe, here’s some great information you’ll find helpful. 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 were to go in a structure when sheltering during a tornado warning. Knowing where to shelter could save the lives of your loved ones and you.
The message for lightning safety is clear and simple. If you can hear thunder, you’re in danger of being struck!
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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