Greetings to one and all! I’m glad you stopped by. This post will be on the brief side due to previous time-consuming commitments and today’s severe weather potential. I’ll post some safety information regarding severe weather in addition to summer heat safety tips. With summer settling in with a vengeance across much of North America, it’s time to take seriously the dangers of this underrated and silent killer. As usual, there’s a bit of environmental and astronomical news as well. On that note, let’s get started.
For your consideration, here are this week’s links…
In July 2016, the Juno mission will take a look at Jupiter’s atmosphere and what lays below it.
A very cool video. “Mapping Laniakea, the Milky Way’s Cosmic Home.”
A good climate read with this week’s best headline. “California’s Trees Are Thirstier Than A College Kid With A hangover.”
A very nice infographic that answers many questions about sea level rise.
Speaking of the sea, here’s a nice infographic on how deep the Earth’s oceans are in comparison to “above the ground” objects. Note: While 37,000 feet may be deep for our oceans, it’s the height of a very modest cumulonimbus thunderstorm. Supercell thunderstorms across Tornado Alley regularly reach heights of 50,000 – 60,000 feet.
What would our humble planet be like with a global warming temperature increase of 1.5C? Very, very unpleasant.
Summer heat is a vastly underrated hazard…and killer. Here’s two excellent sources of safety information to keep your family, friends, and you safe.
- National Weather Service Summer Heat Safety Tips
- Summer Weather Safety from the National Weather Service in Norman, OK. This page also includes a Heat Index chart.
- Regardless of the month, UV rays carry their own hazards that you should be aware of. No, that tan doesn’t flatter you…and the long-term effects are not worth it.
Today’s (22 June 2016) severe weather outlook includes a possibility of a widespread damaging wind event aka “derecho” or MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) across parts of the lower Great Lakes region and the Ohio valley. What exactly is a derecho?
An interesting read on the irrevocable link between climate and health. “British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases — those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans — based on changes in climate.”
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
If there was ever a reason to get your amateur (ham) radio license, this is it.
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