The past two weeks have been very active across much of North America and in tropical regions around the globe. The ongoing wildfires across much of the western and mountain states of the USA have sent large plumes of smoke across much of the North American continent. Ramifications from the western USA wildfires, Hurricanes Laura and Sally, and the Midwestern derecho of early August will be felt for some time. We’ve still several weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season, so I have included information on hurricane and disaster preparedness. Of course, there are several other good stories to cover this week, so lets get started.
- For many decades, the United States and the scientific community had a very tight bond. Science was appreciated for all of the advancements in quality of life that made the USA a great country and a world-wide leader in cutting edge technology. Then, push-back from politicians and lobbyists began…and the D-I-V-O-R-C-E proceedings, initiated by politicians and science deniers, began in earnest.
- Venus has been a planet that has always intrigued astronomers. Some new data hints that it could be more interesting that previously thought.
- These startling photographs of the ongoing California and Oregon wildfires capture only a small part of the record breaking event that is still unfolding.
- There’s a lot going on for only one month in a year. Several tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and unprecedented wildfires in the western USA. Will this, and other global climate and weather events, lead to a climate awakening?
- “The Age of Megafires: The World Hits a Climate Tipping Point.” Scientists say the world has entered a perilous new era that will demand better ways of fighting wildfires.
- Watching wildfires ravage communities and forests from a distance is one thing, but to be an evacuee dealing with all the uncertainties and fears that such a situation brings is another experience altogether different.
- Climate scientists have known for years that changes were taking place in the Arctic. New data and evidence paint a picture of an Arctic where changes are far more drastic than previously thought. The “new normal” has arrived.
- If people that live in the Northern Hemisphere thought that the summer of 2020 was unusually hot, they’re right. Based on data from NOAA, it was a record breaking summer in terms of heat by all measures.
- Speaking of climate change, the USA’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission and an affiliated panel representing several sectors revived a call for taxing carbon pollution and none too soon. The very financial stability of our country’s economy depends on it.
- Going from bad to worse. “La Niña has arrived. That’s bad news for wildfires and hurricanes.“
HURRICANE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
The Atlantic and central Pacific have become quite active with several tropical cyclones this year. In the central and eastern Pacific, several named storms have taken place. The Atlantic has been unusually active with, as of September 18th, twenty-two named storms having taken place so far in 2020 with several more weeks in the hurricane season left to go. 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, it’s not too late to assemble your kits for home and your place of work. A kit like this can also be helpful in a variety of other difficult scenarios from wildfires to blizzards to tornadoes.
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.
SEPTEMBER IS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Prostate cancer has touch my life and, as a result, changed my outlook on life forever. It’s not an ‘old man’s’ disease. Many men in their forties are diagnosed with prostate cancer. For men, it’s the second leading cause of death by cancer. My diagnosis came about as a result of a routine PSA test from my general practitioner. Regardless of your family history, race, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, etc., don’t think it can’t happen to you. 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. Make sure you educate yourself as much as possible about this disease. You may save your life or the life of a loved one.
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! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, 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!