Greetings everyone! I hope everyone’s new year is getting off to a good start. This week, we’ll continue our winter weather safety information. There are many interesting science links to check out including a link on a January tornado outbreak, so let’s get started.
- The James Webb Space Telescope continues to impress us with new discoveries on an almost weekly basis. This fascinating read is on spiral galaxies that formed approximately eleven billion years ago.
- An interesting perspective on the rise in USA carbon emissions in 2022 and why, at least according to this account, that’s not a dire prediction for 2023.
- Some encouraging news that you may have already heard about, but it’s worth looking over again. “Earth’s ozone layer on course to be healed within decades, UN report finds.“
- In many areas, this has come at a high price. “Dramatic spike in rain has helped counter California’s extreme drought, data reveals.”
- The biggest short term challenge? Our seas dominate global weather patterns. “Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows.”
- At the most recent meeting of the American Meteorological Society, a climate report presented details on how climate change is making storms, heat waves, and droughts more intense.
- On 12 January 2023, a significant severe weather event took place in several southeastern USA states. Along with the severe thunderstorms were numerous tornadoes that resulted in a considerable amount of damage and at least nine fatalities. Here’s a concise overview of the event and the atmospheric ingredients necessary for a winter severe weather episode.
- Here’s a look back at the USA climate in 2022 from NOAA. Not only was drought a major factor, but eighteen billion dollar natural disasters took place.
- Here is this week’s update on the USA Drought Monitor. Recent precipitation has brought some improvements even to California which has been pummeled in recent days with several significant storm systems. East of the Mississippi, conditions have improved significantly while the plains still hold fast to extreme or exceptional drought conditions.
WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY
- 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. The infographics have tips on dressing for the cold and five things to keep in mind during the coldest months of the year.
That’s a wrap for this post! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who pay this website a visit! Whether you’re with family, friends, or alone, I wish all of you the absolute best during this holiday season and for all of us, a very healthy and happy 2023!
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