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…
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.
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.
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
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