Greetings everyone! For much of North America, autumn has finally settled in with cooler temperatures and some color beginning to show in foliage. Both the Atlantic and eastern north Pacific have been very busy with numerous tropical cyclones…and several more weeks to go before the season begins to wind down. As usual, plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.
- Many things can go wrong when scientists conduct field work, but it doesn’t have to mean a disaster.
- Many folks in Oklahoma will find this to be of great interest. “Oil Drillers’ Attempts To Avoid Earthquakes May Make Them Worse.”
- Older generations are often dismissed as being “anachronistic” or backward. On the contrary…the simplest and most effective solutions to solving some of our most pressing problems with plastic may reside in the wisdom of past generations.
- There’s been a great deal of heated discussion regarding Hurricane Florence as of late and this topic is no exception. Florence has raised quite the debate on how atmospheric scientists rate and communicate potential hazards to the public. To date, the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity has been used for decades. It’s the opinion of many, including yours truly, that it’s high time the Saffir-Simpson scale was revamped as was the Fujita scale was in the early 2000’s.
- As is often the case with any natural disaster, rumors and hyperbole follow the event. Contrary to popular opinion, malevolent behavior post disaster is quite rare.
- Now’s the time to examine hurricanes Harvey, Florence, et al. and their connection to climate change. “When it comes to teasing out climate change’s role in extreme weather, hurricanes are the most controversial topic.”
- Even with today’s mobile technology, getting potentially life-saving weather information to citizens in the right format is still one of the biggest challenges to meteorologists and emergency management. “From Phone Books To Smart Phones: How Hurricane Preparedness Has Changed Since Hurricane Hugo.”
- Here’s a look at the 2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone season as of 1 October 2018. Remember, there are still several more weeks left…and plenty can happen over the next two to three months.
The map below is a preliminary summary of the eastern north Pacific activity as of 1 October 2018. As you can tell, it’s been a very busy season.
Graphics courtesy NOAA’s National Hurricane Center
- This year has had an Arctic summertime sea ice minimum that has, according to the most recent data, ties for the sixth lowest on record.
- Worst case scenarios regarding climate change are common, but we still have multiple ways of avoiding a catastrophic climate situation. “The growing severity and frequency of extreme-weather events suggests that climate scientists’ nightmare scenarios must be taken seriously. Fortunately, rapid advances are being made in clean-energy technology and carbon-neutral forms of living.”
For those of you who live in hurricane prone regions, this page will give you a starting point on preparedness. This link will be with each week’s post until the end of the Atlantic tropical cyclone season. If you’ve not prepared, there’s still time. There’s also still time for many dangerous tropical cyclones to form and impact the Atlantic basin for several more weeks.
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