Greetings everyone, it’s good to see you. The first of March brings the beginning of meteorological spring to the Northern Hemisphere and the start of autumn south of the equator. However, numerous severe weather events have been occurring across the contiguous USA as of late. Therefore, this week I will start posting severe weather safety infographics starting with Storm Prediction Center risk categories and a checklist on preparing an emergency kit. There are many other interesting science links to check out, so let’s get started.
- A recent astronomical survey says they can see over a billion galaxies. Over one billion. Let that number sink in for a while.
- There’s a wide array of astronomy events for March that you can watch. Check out this list and mark your calendars!
- Pollution from plastics presents a wide variety of health hazards to a wide variety of life forms on our planet. Here’s a new disease cause by plastics that has recently been discovered in seabirds.
- This is a very novel idea that has potential. “Scientists Are Trying to Pull Carbon Out of the Ocean to Combat Climate Change.”
- This is a very important climate update that, chances are, will affect you in a myriad of ways. An El Niño has a high probability of developing in the coming months on the heels of a La Niña that lasted three years.
- Here is this week’s update on the USA Drought Monitor. Conditions east of the Mississippi river continue to improve. Extreme or exceptional drought conditions exist for much of the plains states. Minor improvements have shown up this week in the west although dry conditions persist in many areas.
WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY
- This week, I will start the transition from winter weather to severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and related hazards. If you’re looking for winter weather preparedness and safety information, here’s an excellent website for everything you need to know for before and after the storm. This all inclusive website from NOAA and the National Weather Service will help you prepare for the storm and tell you how to stay safe afterwards. As for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and related hazards, here’s an excellent 20 page PDF file from the National Weather Service…”Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning. Nature’s Most Violent Storms.” First, let’s take a look at the Storm Prediction Center’s severe thunderstorm risk categories and then a look at a great checklist to help you prepare an emergency kit. 2023 has gotten off to an early start in many areas of the plains and south with numerous significant severe weather events.
This important infographic focuses on winter weather and social media. However, it also applies to any weather conditions that occur years round regardless of where you live. Remember that your NOAA weather radio, local NWS Office, and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice are always the best choices for all types of weather…from clement to life threatening situations.
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