Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially began last Saturday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” year with nine to fifteen named storms, of which four to eight may strengthen to become hurricanes. Of those, two to four could be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.  The Pacific hurricane forecast is calling for an above-normal season for both the eastern and central Pacific regions. 

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U.S. Midsection Stuck in “Spin” Cycle

U.S. Midsection Stuck in “Spin” Cycle

The Midwest and Great Plains have battled historic storms and flooding over the last few weeks seemingly “stuck” in a dangerous weather pattern — more than 250 tornadoes have struck since May 17, according to the Omaha World-Herald’s reporting from the National Weather Service, most happening in “swarms” of 25 or more at a time, including the latest deadly round in Dayton, Ohio yesterday.

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PDS Tornados in the Plains, Flood Waters Rise in Midwest

PDS Tornados in the Plains, Flood Waters Rise in Midwest

The weather forecasts in the southern Plain states on Sunday into Monday were ominous and the storm cells spawned approximately twenty tornados that damaged buildings and produced heavy rain, but there were no reported injuries, prompting some people to declare the storms a “bust.”

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Flooding in the U.S. is getting worse, what we can do to prepare

Flooding in the U.S. is getting worse, what we can do to prepare

Flooding in America is becoming more frequent and severe and as NPR recently explained in a video, “In some parts of the Midwest and East Coast, extreme rain has already increased more than 50% since the early 1900s.” Warmer air as a result of climate change holds more moisture and thus increases the potential for […]

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The Week Ahead:  May 6-10

The Week Ahead: May 6-10

Happy Monday #FriendsofthePlanet!  We hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo and that you’ve recovered from Game of Thrones or the NBA or NHL Playoff excitement.  How about that quadruple overtime game in Portland on Friday night not to mention the controversial finish in the Kentucky Derby!  It is going to be another busy […]

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Military Struggling to Deal With Climate Disasters and Environmental Emergencies

Military Struggling to Deal With Climate Disasters and Environmental Emergencies

The military is struggling to cope with a series of climate change related disasters and other environmental health and safety emergencies.  Defense News reported yesterday that funding ran out yesterday for relief efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base related to Hurricane Michael, which prevents the start of all new work and puts more than 120 projects planned to begin after May 1 on hold indefinitely.  Disaster funding is stuck in Congress because the President insists that it not include more funds for Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage.

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