Greetings to everyone! This week, we’ll wrap up our series on severe weather safety and preparedness with a few infographics covering several topics. There are many good reads to review this week including NOAA’s global climate assessment for March 2021, so let’s get started.
- Steven Pinker is spot on with his evaluation of the current state of humanity. We take for granted the fact that we are living in one of the most peaceful times in recorded human history. Unfortunately, that takes away from our focus on real long term challenges such as climate change and environmental issues.
- Debunking misinformation, disinformation, and general anti-science rhetoric has never been more important than in today’s society. Though this read focuses on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it certainly can be applied to any field of science…and good communication is key. “How To Debunk Misinformation About COVID, Vaccines, And Masks.”
- In astronomy news, the Hubble telescope…which is a legend in its own right…recently captured an image of a dying galaxy.
- The other planets in our solar system have weather conditions that are as unique as each planet. Here’s a look at how big raindrops would be on other planets.
- Microplastics are one of the most nefarious pollutants on our planet. Where they frequently come from may be a surprise.
- A very thought provoking read on the state of many USA cities that are under the gun from climate change…and other cities that may become havens for people fleeing vulnerable locations.
- Numerous corporate executives of more than 300 businesses including Google, WalMart, and McDonalds want to double the USA’s target for cuts to emissions that contribute to climate change and a warming planet.
- An excellent read on climate change and potential hazards. “Measuring what matters: A new approach to assessing sovereign climate risk.“
- The latest global climate assessment from NOAA has been issued. Among the findings, “The global temperature departure from average for March 2021 was the eighth highest for the month of March in the 142-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”
TORNADO AND SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY LINKS
- Let’s start with an excellent two-page printable PDF file from NOAA that covers the basics of severe weather safety.
- This NOAA safety page has a plethora of good information on staying safe during weather and climate issues from air quality to lightning to tornadoes to wildfires.
- Highway overpasses are often mistaken as a safe haven from severe weather and especially tornadoes. NOTHING ABOUT THIS MYTH IS REMOTELY CONNECTED TO THE TRUTH.
THIS WEEK’S SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY INFOGRAPHICS…
A SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY REVIEW!
PREPARING AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR HOME, VEHICLE, AND WORK
This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you put together an emergency kit for a variety of weather scenarios. A kit like this is very helpful in a variety of other difficult scenarios from wildfires to blizzards to tornadoes and hurricanes.
Where you get your weather forecasts, warnings, and other important information is as important as being informed. Discretion is of the upmost importance when you’re trying to stay weather aware. As of late, it’s been brought to my attention that there have been amateur ‘forecasters’ using graphics with the intention of appearing as professional and official sources of information on Twitter, Facebook, et al. They should NOT be taken as official sources of potentially life-saving warnings and weather forecasts and updates.
Social media is a very useful tool that can be misused for misinformation, disinformation, and hype. While this infographic is geared towards, winter weather, it certainly applies to ALL types of weather year round.
That’s a wrap for this post! If you’d like a reminder of severe weather safety, please review the previous posts for further details. I’d like to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, sport a spiffy mask, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy!
See you next Saturday!
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