Greetings to everyone! I hope everyone out there is staying healthy and faring well in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. In atmospheric science, our changing climate is a daunting challenge and finding a long-term path of human adaptation is far easier said than done. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has also gotten off to an active start with, as of this post, nine named storms for the 2020 season. We’ll also take a look at a checklist for assembling an emergency kit and hurricane preparedness…so let’s get started.
- What does our solar system look like? It’s not a shape that you’d expect!
- Space weather gives our planet a bittersweet scenario. On one hand, solar flares can play havoc with tech/infrastructure while simultaneously putting on spectacular aurora displays. Forecasting these solar flares is essential to us protecting the most vulnerable of our technology that we depend on daily.
- Scientific research in Antarctica is crucial to understanding our planet. For the time being, that continent has no cases of COVID-19 and scientists want to keep it that way.
- Dust storms are not often associated with air quality and public health, but the connection is very clear. “Dust Storms Associated With Increase In Critical Care Visits.“
- Derechos can spread a wide path of damage for hundreds of miles. The derecho event of 10 August 2020 across the USA”s Midwest left behind billions in damage and a vast amount of ruined crops.
- Here’s a review of the climate for the USA from NOAA. “The July 2020 contiguous USA temperature was 75.7°F, 2.1°F above the 20th-century average and ranking 11th warmest in the 126-year record. For the year-to-date, the national temperature was 53.6°F, 2.4°F above average, ranking seventh warmest on record.“
- “Satellite record gives unprecedented view of Antarctic ice shelf melt pattern over 25 years.” This includes a considerable amount of data from NASA and the European Space Agency.
- Our modern day climate change is happening simultaneously across that globe. That is one of many reasons why it is so different and dangerous from warming or cooling events of the past few thousands of years.
- The latest US Drought Monitor is out. As of August 5-11, 2020, 28.8% of the USA’s land area was experiencing some degree of drought conditions.
- With knowledge being power, knowing all you can learn about tropical cyclones that could affect the area you live is to your advantage. If this year’s active hurricane season has piqued your interest in tropical cyclones, NOAA has an excellent educational website that explains how these powerful storms develop and operate.
HURRICANE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
The Atlantic and central Pacific have become quite active with several tropical cyclones this summer. In the central and eastern Pacific, several named storms have taken place. The Atlantic has been unusually active with nine named storms having taken place to date…and the peak of hurricane season is still ahead. NOAA has a great website to help you get ready with plenty of helpful tips and infographics to help you get the supplies you may need.
This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you put together an emergency kit for a variety of weather scenarios. For folks living in regions prone to hurricanes, now is the time to assemble your kits for home and your place of work.
I would be remiss to not remind folks to stick with trusted and reliable sources for your weather information. A NOAA weather radio is essential and should be as common in homes and workplaces as smoke detectors…regardless of where you live in the USA and its territories. Of course, broadcast meteorologists of your choice are always an excellent source with potentially life-saving information that is specific to your local situation. Bottom line: use discretion very carefully and avoid hypesters, shills, and attention-seekers at all cost…and think before you click.
That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, let’s connect! Once again I’d like to thank so many of you for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received as of late regarding my prostate cancer treatment. I’m doing well and am further bolstered by your words of encouragement and support. If you’re a male over the age of 40, you should discuss getting your PSA tested with your doctor. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is an excellent website with further information. As for COVID-19, please stay home if possible, practice good personal hygiene, mind your social distancing, sport a spiffy mask, stay safe, and stay healthy!
Cheers…Stay Healthy…and Good Luck!
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