Greetings to all and thank you for visiting. It’s certainly been a busy week for science news across many areas of study. For North America, the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is still with us. 2021 is proving to be another very busy year for Atlantic tropical cyclones. As of this post, Hurricane Sam is moving through the central Atlantic. This week’s post has a plethora of links to help you with hurricane preparations. There are many more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, so now is the time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. Much of western North America is still dealing with wildfires and a severe drought. As for the COVID-19 pandemic, the USA hit a very grim statistic of note this week. There are many other good science reads to review for this week, so let’s get started.
- Misinformation, disinformation, conspiracies theories, and outright lies have been more than irritants to those of us in scientific fields, they also lead to unnecessary misery and death. There are paths to alleviate the lies, but it takes a robust, concerted effort.
- This is a grim, morose milestone that, with vaccinations and other common sense safety measures, could have been prevented. “Covid overtakes 1918 Spanish flu as deadliest disease in U.S. history.”
- Here’s a fascinating read about the weather on Mars. Not only has the Perseverance Rover detected hundreds of dust devils, it’s been hit (literally) by at least 100 of them.
- A very good read on the irrevocable link between air quality and your health. “WHO Calls For Lower Limits On Air Pollution To Save Millions Of Lives.”
- This is a very thought provoking read. “Hurricane Ida shows the one-two punch of poverty and climate change.”
- “How climate change gave rise to a monster mosquito season.” Record-breaking storms & above-average rainfall in many states have exacerbated their numbers.
- A very novel idea that will have long term benefits. “Scientists Flood Forests to Mimic Rising Seas.”
- The loss of ice flows and glaciers is often focused on polar regions. These startling images from Italy give a new face to climate change and our warming planet.
- However difficult it may be to ‘pinpoint’ the connection between climate change and extreme weather events, it’s still a worthy challenge to face. Unfortunately, there are scientific and financial matters to take into consideration.
HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, 2021. As is the case with most years, the late summer and autumn months comes the peak of activity. This is a list of tropical cyclone safety and preparedness links that I hope you’ll find helpful and spearhead your preparedness plan. None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
HURRICANE SAFETY & EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
The following infographics cover many important topics including emergency kits, staying informed, and avoiding misinformation and disinformation that are applicable to tropical cyclone scenarios. Tornadoes are also common in land-falling tropical storms and hurricanes. If in doubt, always stay with OFFICIAL sources of important information, forecasts, and warnings.
Even though this infographic is focused on winter weather, it certainly applies to weather information year round. Diligence from January through December is important to cull through misinformation, disinformation, and unfounded rumors.
Please keep in mind that ONLY NOAA weather radio, your local National Weather Service office, or reliable broadcast media are the BEST sources of important, timely, and potentially life-saving information on hurricane/tropical storm watches, warnings, and other related warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
That’s a wrap for this post! Next week we’ll continue information on hurricane preparedness and safety. A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. If you’re on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, get vaccinated, sport a spiffy mask, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay positive, and test negative!
See you next Saturday!
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