Greetings to everyone! I hope this week’s post finds all of you doing well. For much of the contiguous USA, a brutal heat wave that has turned lethal has many states in its grip. Because of this ongoing and very serious danger, we’ll continue this week with safety infographics on heat safety. There are many other essential reads to review, so let’s get started.
- Let’s start off this week with the biggest science news in some time…the fantastic images from the James Webb telescope!
- The COVID-19 pandemic rages on with a new variant that is the most contagious yet. Keeping track of the number of new cases is difficult especially with the proliferation of home test kits. Fortunately, there is a fantastically useful way of keeping track of the number of new cases…because ‘poop’ doesn’t lie.
- For those of us awash in scientific research papers, this is an intriguing read. “How to find, read and organize papers.”
- Daunting challenges getting from ‘summits to solutions’ amid increasing wild weather events. “Cop27 summit must focus on how world will adapt to climate change.”
- Due to a changing climate and wildfires, recent research shows that much of California’s tree growth is dying and likely to not come back.
- We often hear about “average” temperatures, precipitation, etc. with weather and climate…but what does “average” really mean?
- June 2022 started off the meteorological summer in the USA with heat and drought. As of this post, the USA has already had nine billion dollar disasters…and we’ve yet to get into the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.
SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY
Summer heat is one of the leading causes of weather related deaths and illnesses. Due to its slow yet potentially deadly ways in which is affects the human body, even the most physically fit individual who is well hydrated can succumb to heat exhaustion or heat stroke very quickly. As of mid July, over ten deaths have occurred in the USA due to individuals being left in vehicles. All of those fatalities were preventable. Summer heat is often called the ‘silent killer‘ and for good reason. Much of the contiguous USA is in the midst of a brutal heat wave with little to no relief in long range forecasts. Take the heat safety information below very seriously. It could save a life.
The Heat Index is a very important part of summer safety. Here’s an excellent page from the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas that explains how to calculate heat index and why it’s important.
That’s a wrap for this post! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. If you’re on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Facebook, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, stay safe, stay positive, and test negative!
See you next Saturday!
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