Greetings to everyone! I hope this week’s post finds you happy, healthy and the weather is to your liking wherever you are. Across much of the western contiguous USA, drought conditions conditions to worsen. The climatological peak of the severe weather and tornado season has arrived across the North American great plains. If you’d like a detailed review of tornado and severe weather safety, please review posts from March and April as these have a plethora of severe weather, tornado, and flooding safety information. It’s also important to remember that the Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1. This week, there are many good science reads to review, so let’s get started.
- How we think about and consider the ramifications and lethal dangers of COVID-19 is as important as the necessary safety precautions and getting vaccinated.
- I’m all for less time behind a mower and would gladly spend time going more important things in life. “Why ‘Lazy’ Lawn Mowers Are Heroes for Bees.“
- This is truly a remarkable event in the exploration of Mars. “Ingenuity Makes a one-way Trip for the First Time, Flying to a new Landing Site.”
- NASA has many important roles in the quest for scientific knowledge. As of late, it’s important role in climate change is being given a badly needed rebirth.
- Climate change already presents a number of negative effects on life in the USA. For the future, things are going to be very challenging for future generations.
- Could the USA face another severe drought and Dust Bowl conditions that existed in the 1930’s?
- Based on a vast compilation of new data from NOAA, the USA is becoming more red…and this has new ‘normal’ implications for weather and climate.
A TORNADO SAFETY REMINDER
Quite often, where you take shelter from a tornado can be as important as the decision to take shelter.
PREPARING A SEVERE WEATHER 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! As I mentioned in the introduction, if you’d like a detailed review of tornado and 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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