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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links Week In Review For August 6 – 13, 2018

Greetings to one and all! If you’re dealing with summer, I hope you’re keeping your cool. We’ve got several more weeks of warm weather ahead and many of my colleagues are ready for a cool-down. Here are this week’s top links…including a revised look at this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.

EDUCATION

This is a habit that I’ve been actively involved in for over thirty-five years. I highly recommend it! “Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You’ll Ever Have Time To Read.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

With climate change comes public health hazards. The spread of diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and flies will increase exponentially globally.

We can only hope that this will catch on in other countries…the sooner the better. New Zealand will ban single-use plastic bags over the next year.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This is very good news for areas prone to Atlantic basin tropical cyclones. “NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Regardless, the National Hurricane Center still encourages people to prepare in spite of the outlook. It only takes one storm…and that one storm could be a major disaster.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows approximately 30.2% of the USA and 76.7 million people experiencing some level of drought conditions.

U.S. Drought Monitor

A new report from the government of Puerto Rico claims a Hurricane Maria death toll of over 1,400 people. As is often the case in disasters of this magnitude, an exact death toll may never be known.

The critical nature of recent data on climate change may induce a sense of submission. The truth is that giving up is the last thing humanity can afford to do. Now is the time to be more proactive than ever.

The dangers of summer heat are highly underrated. Here’s an excellent overview of just five of the effects of these horrendous heat waves that much of the Northern Hemisphere has been dealing with in recent weeks.

PUBLIC POLICY

The majority of United States citizens feel it is essential for the USA to remain a global leader in space exploration…however…”majorities say monitoring climate or tracking asteroids should be a top NASA priority; only 13% say the same of putting astronauts on the moon.” I couldn’t agree more.

The politics behind California’s wildfires is not pretty. It certainly doesn’t help the people who are suffering in ways most of us can’t comprehend. Not surprisingly, some powers-that-be prefer to point fingers of blame rather than take responsible and rational actions to help Americans they’re sworn to protect.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a big “thank you” to my long-time followers. It’s great to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For July 30 – August 6, 2018

Greetings everyone! To say that the past week has been uneventful is a vast understatement. The wildfires raging across several areas of North America have been the main headlines, but several areas in the Northern Hemisphere have been dealing with a searing heat wave that’s breaking many records. This week’s post has many summer heat safety links that are very informative. Lastly, with the arrival of August, the potential for Atlantic tropical cyclone activity ramps up. While the Atlantic basin is quiet, now is the time to prepare…and this week’s post also includes many links on hurricane preparedness.

Here’s a look at a selection of this week’s top links.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

The CoCoRaHS project is a great way to combine citizen science with an interest in weather. Check out the CoCoRaHS website to find out how you can participate!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The ongoing wildfires in California, USA have become deadly and out-of-control in historic proportions.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For the tens of millions of people across the USA who work outside, a warming planet and heatwaves are a constant hazard…and it’s only going to get worse. Not only will health and productivity suffer, but there are economic ramifications as well.

This is a very refreshing change of pace concerning the challenges we face with climate change. “An Optimist’s Guide To Solving Climate Change And Saving The World.”

Air quality is more than the smog of days gone by. It’s a very dangerous weather condition that still affects many cities across the world. Here’s a comprehensive guide to air quality that covers many topics including wildfire smoke and ozone.

While on the topic of air quality, a disturbing trend has been happening as of late. CFC’s, the very harmful chemicals that wrecked havoc on the earth’s ozone layer and were banned in the 1980’s are making a mysterious comeback.

How many people did Hurricane Maria kill in Puerto Rico? As is often the case with major hurricanes that strike heavily populated areas, the exact death toll may never be known.

Here’s an interesting review of a report overseen by NOAA and the American Meteorological Society. 2017 was the warmest year without an El Niño recorded on Earth.

You can read the official NOAA State Of The Climate report with links to further information here.

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Last but not least, here’s an overview from NOAA of global surface temperatures that compares 2017 to the 1981-2010 data.

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SUMMER SAFETY

For folks in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is still going full force. Many areas, including parts of Scandinavia, are dealing with record-breaking heat. Regardless of where you live, summer heat and UV rays are something you need to be aware of. Here are some summer safety links with information on everything from avoiding heat illnesses to UV and sun protection. Keep your NOAA weather radio in good working order too. It’s a great way to get your local forecasts and any related information regarding hot temperatures and the heat index.

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

National Weather Service Printable Heat Index Chart

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

With the arrival of August, the chances of activity in the Atlantic basin increases dramatically. Here are a few hurricane preparedness links to help you get started in preparing for the storm you hope never happens.

FEMA Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF file)

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Extensive FEMA Emergency Preparedness Document (34 Page PDF File)

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. It’s nice to have you along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Review For July 23 – 30, 2018

Greetings everyone! It’s been an interesting time for many areas in the Northern Hemisphere…and not in a good way. From heatwaves to wildfires to flooding…many areas are dealing with conditions rarely or never experienced before. Let’s get started on this week’s links.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very good example of how tracking posts on Twitter by citizen scientists and other concerned citizens are helping forecasters keep track of the smoky skies that result from the numerous USA wildfires.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Synthetic textiles have been a major advancement in the apparel industry. The problem is the minute microfibers that make their way from our clothing into rivers, streams, oceans, and even the air we breathe.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This is the latest three-month temperature outlook from NOAA for the period of August through October 2018. For the most part, all of the contiguous USA (save for part of the northern plains) is likely to be above average in temperatures.

Three-month Temperature Outlook current snapshot

Image courtesy NOAA

Here’s a fantastic cloud chart from NOAA & NASA in a printable, two page PDF format. Knowing your clouds is an essential part of understanding how our incredible planet works.

If anyone knows about the importance of climate change and maintaining military security and readiness, it’s the USA’s armed forces. For all branches, climate change is a clear and present danger.

In recent days, stark images have come from around the world of everything from wildfires, heat waves, and flooding. They’re all signs of climate change in progress.

The Carr Fire in California is just one of many devastating wildfires across North America…drought, dry vegetation, and a warming climate all play a part.

Here’s another look at a summer that has been anything but tranquil, especially for the Northern Hemisphere.

This summer has been a scorcher for the UK with temperatures in the mid 90’s F reported at London’s Heathrow Airport. Is this the new normal? By all indications, the answer is, “Yes.”

A massive amount of dust from Africa is helping to keep some storms in Texas from forming…and keeping the Atlantic tropical cyclone formation in check.

dust map

Image courtesy NASA Earth Observatory

An excellent climate read. “Droughts, Heatwaves, And Floods: How To Tell When Climate Change Is To Blame.” In the future, atmospheric scientists can better assess climate change’s influence on many extreme climate and weather events.

Graphic via Nature News

Here’s a very thought provoking read that’s worth going over several times. “We Should Never Have Called It Earth.”

Last but not least, a look at climate change coverage and for-profit media. Is that topic a “ratings killer?”

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a welcome to my new followers in social media and a “thank you” for my long-term followers. It’s nice to have you along for the fun. There are a few changes that this blog will be going through over the months to come…I think you’ll enjoy them!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest’s Top Science Links Review For July 16 – 23, 2018

Greetings everyone! We’ll be taking a look at the top science links starting this week plus a review of summer weather safety information. Let’s get started!

SOCIAL SCIENCE

The psychological ramifications of climate change vary widely. One this is for certain, the social sciences can offer a great deal of research studying the connection between human behavior and climate change.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool astronomy read. “NASA’S James Webb Space Telescope Will Inspect The Atmospheres Of Distant Gas Giants.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Though the article is from Australia, this applies to packaging worldwide. “Double Wrap It For Convenience: Excessive Plastic Packaging – In Pictures.”

An exceptionally hot summer in Scandinavia has resulted in a number of large wildfires across parts of the Nordic countries with Sweden being the hardest hit.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For many USA residents, the peak of summer heat can’t come soon enough. If climate patterns follow the norm, most of the contiguous USA will have seen their hottest days by the end of July.

Hottest day of the year based on the 1981-2010 average

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for June 2018 was the fifth highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”

“The year-to-date (January-June) global temperature was the fourth warmest such period on record.”Graphic courtesy NOAA

“Climate change isn’t the singular cause of catastrophe, but it has widened the expanse of social vulnerability to disasters.” Another sobering read on the state of unpreparedness that exists in the USA for the public health challenges of climate change.

The bright side of the incredible amount of Sahara dust that has drifted across the Atlantic from Africa to the southern United States is the fact that it’s squelched the possibility of tropical cyclone formation.

Here’s a look at the latest US Drought Portal. As of July 11 – 17, 2018, approximately 26.3% of the USA land area…or about 70 million people…were experiencing some level of dry/drought conditions. Among the hardest hit areas is the southern plains region.

Drought conditions are also ravaging many other areas of our planet. In Australia, these dire conditions can be seen in this startling photo essay.

Ozone is a beneficial element of our upper atmosphere. At ground level, it can cause significant health issues. Recent tests have found ozone levels in many USA national parks rival levels found in large cities.

Summer can be unbearable even without climate change. Add a warming world to the mix, and countries such as India could become almost unbearably hot for tens of millions.

SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

National Weather Service Printable Heat Index Chart

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media…it’s great to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For July 9 – 16, 2018

Greetings everyone! For folks in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re keeping your cool. Yes, many areas  are in the climatological peak of summer heating, but there are also a number of areas experiencing unusual summer heat. Regardless, take it easy out there. As usual, plenty of topics to go over this week, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

This is one of the most liberating experiences I’ve had in some time. “On The 10th Anniversary Of The App Store, it’s time to delete most of your apps.”

Online harassment is an almost unavoidable feature of the online world. As of late, it has taken on particularly vitriolic proportions. “Roughly four-in-ten Americans have personally experienced online harassment, and 62% consider it a major problem.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

A good read on how public/personal health and air quality issues turned to citizen science for data collection.

Coming in contact with ticks is no fun…but some intrepid folks have done just that for scientists to study the ticks that bit them and whether or not they carried life altering viruses.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Getting people to the point where they realize they’re buying a product & also borrowing the packaging. “Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?”

What was once thought to be pristine areas within Antarctic fjords have been found to contain levels of microplastics that rival urban areas.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A look back at June 2018 from NOAA. “The June contiguous U.S. temperature was 71.5°F, 3.0°F above the 20th century average. Only June 1933 and 2016 were warmer for the nation.”

Graphic courtesy NOAA

As of 9 July 2018, there have been six weather and climate disaster events in the USA with losses exceeding $1 billion dollars.

Graphic courtesy NOAA

A story like this says as much about human behavior and the general public’s attitude toward scientific evidence as it does the ongoing heat wave and climate change.

Speaking of human behavior and science, people’s social network can have a significant effect on their behavior when faced with a natural disaster.

This is a fascinating and very detailed read on the importance of ocean temperatures, why they’re studied, and their importance to climate change.

As sea levels rise, much of our infrastructure, including the power stations and cables that control the internet we all use, are in a state of peril…and disruption.

An excellent essay from Dr. Marshall Shepherd on preventing weather related fatalities at outdoor sporting and concert events.

Forecasting the intensity of tropical cyclones is one of the most daunting forecasting challenges a meteorologist can face.

From the Climate Prediction Center, the latest technical El Nino diagnostic discussion.

Just for reference, here is a map of the contiguous USA and the warmest day of the year based on climate data going back to 1981.

Map courtesty NOAA

THE QUIXOTIC

Last but not least, I’ll let this article speak for itself. “That Self-Styled “Very Stable Genius” Is A Danger To Stability.”

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That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new social media followers and a big “Thank You” to everyone…I appreciate all of you!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For July 2 – 9, 2018

Greetings everyone! Considering the recent interest in Atlantic tropical cyclone activity, this post will focus on hurricane preparedness. It’s the perfect time to get ready for the storm you hope doesn’t happen. Much of North America, the UK, and parts of Africa and Asia have also been seeing a heat wave and enduring record high temperatures in some locations. Several other topics to review, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

One of the most important elements in emergency preparedness is making sure your NOAA weather radio is in good operating order. Should other means of information not be available, your NOAA weather radio may be the only way you can receive important and potentially life-saving information and updates. If you don’t have a NOAA weather radio, now’s the time to shop for one before they become short in supply. There are many good brands available on the market. It’s also a good idea to have fresh batteries in case your electrical power should be interrupted. Most people think of a NOAA weather radio only when there’s a Tornado Warning. Truth is they are valuable year round, regardless of where you live. For further Hurricane Preparedness information, check out the links below.

Graphic courtesy NWS

PUBLIC HEALTH

Mosquito bites are more than just a nuisance. They can be life altering with West Nile and Zika viruses a substantial hazard. Here’s an excellent read on nine tips to help you avoid being bitten.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This has been a long time coming. There are reef-safe sunscreens that are now available for you. Finally, you can do two important things simultaneously: save your skin from sun exposure and protect the Earth’s valuable reefs.

For Starbucks, this is one small step that many other companies are very likely to follow-up on. “Starbucks Joins The Growing Movement To Ban Plastic Straws.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The heat is really cranking up across much of North America and the UK. Fortunately, even with air conditioning, there are steps you can take to keep your cool by adopting a few simple habits.

Speaking of heat waves, the ongoing heat has, “human fingerprints all over it.”

HURRICANE SAFETY INFORMATION

This excellent infographic from the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia is spot on…and I’ll let it speak for itself.

 

Here’s a partial list of important sources of tropical cyclone weather information. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and there are many other good, official sources of weather forecasts and safety/preparedness information.

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Homepage

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (1 Page PDF file)

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Extensive FEMA Emergency Preparedness Document (34 Page PDF File)

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

This excellent checklist covers many items that people may think they don’t need in an emergency.

Next to NOAA weather radio, your mobile device can be one of the most important elements in staying informed.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a bit “Thank You” for all of my long-time followers. It’s great to have all of you along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For June 25 – July 2, 2018

Greetings everyone! This post will be on the brief side since I’m taking a bit of time off for the Independence Day holiday…and if you’re in the USA, I hope you’re having a great holiday week. Also, a belated Happy Canada Day for my followers and friends in Canada. I wanted to pass along a few interesting links and include some summer safety information, so let’s get started.

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For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Is the tide beginning to show signs of changing on our use of plastics? Considering the effects it has on our oceans, we’d better do something very soon.

How much do our cities contribute to the world’s carbon footprint? A substantial amount. Approximately 20% of the world’s carbon footprint can be linked to 100 cities.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a fascinating read by Dr. Marshall Shepherd on hurricane behavior. “Why Hurricanes Almost Never Form Near Or Cross The Equator.”

This is an eye opening read from the World Meteorological Organization on the lessons learned from the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season.

Climate change has many disturbing trends and here’s one of them. “Meet America’s New Climate Normal: Towns That Flood When It Isn’t Raining.”

SUMMER SAFETY INFORMATION

As of this post, much of the contiguous USA is in the grips of a heat wave. While many areas in the sun belt are used to this heat, other folks aren’t. Regardless of where you live, you need to take some precautions. Heat doesn’t get the headlines that tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, et al. do, but it is a lethal…and silent…killer. Here’s some links followed by infographics that I hope will be of help to you.

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

National Weather Service Printable Heat Index Chart

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

NOAA Weather Radio

Infographics courtesy NOAA/NWS

That’s a wrap for this post! Have a great Independence Day holiday everyone and stay safe!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For June 18 – 25, 2018

Greetings all! It’s been a busy period for severe weather across the Great Plains of the USA with several powerful clusters of thunderstorms traveling hundreds of miles across several states. In stark contrast, the tropical Atlantic is very quiet, but that will change in the months to come. Heat will also be settling in across many areas in North American and the European continent. Again this week I’ve included several links for summer heat and hurricane preparedness that I hope you’ll find useful. Plenty to go over, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

TECHNOLOGY

Since 2005, Firefox has been my browser of choice. Today, it’s leaner and faster than ever…and I couldn’t be happier. Like most folks, I use more than one browser, but Firefox has always been at the top of my favorites list.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool citizen science project where you can help NOAA research with a free app that helps document the Earth’s constantly changing magnetic field.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

It’s challenging to cut single use plastics, but it can be done. Here’s a good read on the problem and some tips on how to reduce your use of plastics in the long term.

Wind energy in the USA’s Great Plains is very cheap…and getting more affordable by the day. Fortunately, this part of the country is perfect for this kind of renewable energy.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a very thorough read from the Union Of Concerned Scientists. “The Science Connecting Extreme Weather To Climate Change. (2018)

The latest US Drought Monitor shows some improvement in scattered locations, but extreme and exceptional conditions persist from UT & AZ into OK & TX.

The Earth’s oceans are becoming more acidic due to carbon emissions which shows the irrevocable climate/ocean link.

WEATHER SAFETY: SUMMER HEAT

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

WEATHER SAFETY: HURRICANES/TROPICAL CYCLONES

The Atlantic ocean is quiet for now and there’s no hint of tropical cyclone development in the near future. Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to prepare for tropical cyclones. Waiting until everyone is in panic mode is the worst way possible to handle a potentially life threatening situation. It’s also important to keep in mind that most deaths from tropical cyclones comes from flooding…not wind. Remember…it only takes one storm to make for a major disaster.

 

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

THE QUIXOTIC

If this doesn’t beat all, I don’t know what does. “The EPA Thinks Its Hurricane Response Was So Great It Ordered Special Coins For Everyone.”

That’s a wrap for this post! I hope all of you are having a great start to summer…or winter…depending on which hemisphere you live in. A big “Thank You” to all my followers in all my social media outlets. I’m glad you’re all along for the fun. There’s plenty more to come!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links In Review For June 11 – 18, 2018

Greetings everyone! El Nino and other climate topics have been given a good deal of discussion lately and we’ve got some links covering those topics. The latest State Of The Climate report from NOAA is out…and I’ll let the data speak for itself. With the ongoing heat wave across much of North America, I’ve included some summer heat safety info along with hurricane preparedness links. Let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Few things would benefit our students more than a familiarity with the scientific method and critical thinking…regardless of what field they’re studying. “We Should Teach All Students, In Every Discipline, To Think Like Scientists.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This will have an effect on our weather and climate patterns for some time to come. “The June ENSO forecast estimates a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the late summer or early autumn, and an approximately 65% chance of El Niño conditions in the winter, so forecasters have instituted an El Niño Watch.”

Imagery courtesy NOAA

The latest NOAA State Of The Climate report is out and includes a look at significant global climate events for May 2018.

This is unprecedented warmth…and it’s only a small piece of a much larger warming puzzle that’s rapidly falling into place. “The U.S. Just Observed Its Warmest 3-, 4-, And 5-Year Spans On Record.”

Imagery courtesy NOAA

Here’s a good listen about a very unique way of “listening” for tornadoes. If this works out, perhaps this will become part of the warning process of the future.

This is a “spot on” essay on why it’s not productive…or worth your time…to debate science that already has sound evidence to establish its facts.

This week, I’m continuing to pass on weather safety information. With the current heat wave across much of North America, summer heat safety is of utmost importance. It’ll get hotter into July and August…so keep this information handy.

WEATHER SAFETY: SUMMER HEAT

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

The Atlantic is quiet for now, but this is the perfect time to prepare for tropical cyclones. Waiting until everyone is in panic mode is the worst way possible to handle a potentially life threatening situation. It’s also important to keep in mind that most deaths from tropical cyclones comes from flooding…not wind.

WEATHER SAFETY: HURRICANES/TROPICAL CYCLONES

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I hope all of you are having a great summer…or winter…depending on which hemisphere you live in. A big “Thank You” to all my followers in all my social media outlets. I’m glad you’re all along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For June 4 – 11, 2018

Greetings everyone! I hope the weather is to your liking wherever you are. Here in the Great Plains of the USA, we’re in the middle of an early summer heat wave and drought. Unfortunately, there’s little long-term relief in sight. As for the Atlantic hurricane season, it has officially started and that means it’s time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. This week’s post includes a few select starting points for your preparedness plans.

Hurricane Irma at near peak intensity on 5 September 2017. A storm half this intense can prove devastating to the region you live in. The time to prepare is now.

Many other topics to cover, so let’s get started. For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Fortunately, the majority of Americans are far more concerned about climate change than NASA sending astronauts to Mars. Advances do come from space exploration, but in this case, years of successful missions with rovers have proven successful without endangering human lives.

How people digest information and handle communication is an interesting look into human behavior. This is not only relevant with everyday news, but important weather information that included life-saving warnings. Here’s a look at how Americans approach information and facts by the Pew Research Center.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Recycling is something we all should do as often as possible. There are challenges that exist…and if we’re not careful, many items we think we’re recycling end up in landfills.

Plastic pollution across the world is on the brink of a substantial environmental crisis. Many of these items will not break down for thousands of years.

An interesting look at plastics, pollution, and it’s connection to the G7 summit.

Here’s an excellent article from Climate Central on rising ocean temperatures and the connection to many facets of our planet.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

May 2018 was the warmest May on record for the USA. Welcome to the new norm. Here’s the latest State Of The Climate report with more details.

A new study in the journal Nature says that hurricanes across the planet have been slowing their rate of movement in the last 70 years.

Recent media reports have been confusing as to the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Here’s an interesting read on how and why the numbers can be so confusing.

All lightning is not the same. The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) has a detailed overview. There are many different kinds of lightning that you should be aware of.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NSSL

In spite of it’s reputation, summer has a host of hazards that should be respected. Here’s an excellent website from NOAA/NWS on summer safety and how to keep your loved ones and you safe.

As of this post, 2018 has been a quixotic year for tornado activity in the USA. Here’s a look at the activity so far, but that’s always subject to change. While the number of tornadoes has been below average, summer can still be quite active and autumn usually has an increase in severe weather activity as well.

Topography and urban development quite often work hand-in-hand to create flood disasters. “A 1,000 Year Flood In Maryland Shows The Big Problem With So Much Asphalt.”

From Climate Central: These Cities Are Most Vulnerable To Major Coastal Flooding And Sea Rise.

HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

With the Atlantic hurricane upon us, it’s always a good idea to have fast access to hurricane preparedness information.

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters and Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a “welcome” to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!

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