Greetings to all and happy meteorological spring to my friends and followers in the Northern Hemisphere! This week, we’ll turn our attention to severe weather preparedness. As seasonal climate patterns change, so does the threat for severe weather across much of North America. This week’s post contains a plethora of good severe weather safety links. There are also several new, interesting stories to review, so let’s get started.
- After a spectacular landing, NASA’s Perseverance rover is on the move across Mars.
- “Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists.” This could lead to more extreme weather in Europe & higher sea levels on USA east coast.
- A very interesting read with psychological perspectives. “Why aren’t we more afraid of global warming? The psychology of procrastinating on climate change.”
- “Study Finds Wildfire Smoke More Harmful To Humans Than Pollution From Cars.” This new research conveys a significant public health challenge as climate change increases the fire risk worldwide.
- In order to study one of the rarest varieties of clouds, scientists created one of their own in a laboratory.
- “Hurricane Hunters faced a grueling pace in 2020. With climate change, it may not let up.” Last year saw a record number of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin. With climate change in play, this is a potentially dangerous scenario that will likely be occurring more often.
- The first day of meteorological spring has arrived for the Northern Hemisphere. What does that exactly mean?
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
- Let’s start with an excellent two-page printable PDF file from NOAA that covers the basics of severe weather safety.
- This NOAA safety page has a plethora of good information on staying safe during weather and climate issues from air quality to lightning to tornadoes to wildfires.
- Highway overpasses are often mistaken as a safe haven from severe weather and especially tornadoes. NOTHING ABOUT THIS MYTH IS REMOTELY CONNECTED TO THE TRUTH.
THIS WEEK’S SEVERE WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC: WATCHES AND WARNINGS!
PREPARING AN 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.
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! Be sure to check in next week when we’ll take a look at tornado safety. 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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