Greetings everyone! I hope this week’s post finds everyone doing well. During the past week, drought and damaging wildfires have continue to plague much of western North America. As for the tropical Atlantic, activity had definitely been on the upswing. Hurricane Grace made landfall in Mexico and Hurricane Henri is poised to present a significant threat to the northeastern USA, and Atlantic Canada. We’ve still the most active weeks of the hurricane season ahead. The National Hurricane Center updated the 2021 Atlantic tropical cyclone outlook. An active season is anticipated. A link to the updated outlook is included in this weeks post. We’ll also continue our review of hurricane safety/preparedness and summer heat safety. There are many other good science reads to review for this week, so let’s get started.
- A very solid, though provoking read. “Has COVID taught us anything about pandemic preparedness?”
- This is certainly a timely read for today’s challenges. “Why Bad Science Is Sometimes More Appealing Than Good Science.”
- For climate science, this was truly a watershed event. “A 1987 Pollution Treaty Prevented the World’s Plants from Withering, Study Finds.”
- This is a question that many, including yours truly, would like an answer to. “Will the IPCC report help focus politicians’ minds on climate change?”
- While on the topic of the IPCC climate report, it’s important to take note of greenhouse gases and their effects on extreme weather events.
- Wildfires that are devastating large areas of Canada and the United States create vast rivers of smoke in our atmosphere. Add to that the out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic, and you have a lethal combination for the unvaccinated.
- The California wildfires have brought to the forefront the new ‘normal’ than many areas in the USA will face.
- Heat, not cold, is the second biggest weather related killer. In the USA alone, more than 600 fatalities are directly linked to heat every year. Add climate change to the threat, and we’ve a significant hazard on our hands.
- In early August, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center updated the official Atlantic hurricane outlook. “Atlantic Hurricane Season Shows No Signs Of Slowing.”
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.
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SUMMER HEAT SAFETY
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! If you’d like a detailed review of tornado and severe weather safety, please review April and May posts. Next week we’ll continue information on hurricane preparedness and summer heat 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, get vaccinated, 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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