Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

The Los Angeles Zoo decided to evacuate its birds, along with some small primates, away from the smoke from a brush fire that ignited at Griffith Park, just a little more than a mile away.As climate change escalates the intensity and frequency of natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, zoos are having to find new ways to keep their animals safe.

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

“We said, what if we replaced the urban area of Houston with cropland?” Using a system called the Weather Research and Forecasting model to simulate climate and its changes over a region (as opposed to models with lower resolution but wider geographic scope), that’s actually possible.

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

It’s measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted tide, and how bad it is depends mainly on three things: wind speed, shoreline shape, and timing.https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/1049770886943924224Typically, the strongest surge occurs with the eyewall of the storm.

How Hurricane Michael Got Super Big, Super Fast

How Hurricane Michael Got Super Big, Super Fast

Now, to be fair, most Atlantic cat-4 and cat-5 storms go through rapid intensification; the dangerous ones do it near the coastline, just before landfall.More intense hurricanes are one of the central predictions scientists have made about Earth’s changing climate.

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

But tell that to those around the president.https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1040629257398046720The Takeaway: There’s really only one way to end this, isn’t there?https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1040623817280954370Ringo Starr Would Be AppalledWhat Happened: Just in case you thought that Thomas and Friends was a jolly series about happy trains and overweight controllers, the National Rifle Association has a shocking piece of information for you.

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

The Red Cross keeps a blood supply on hand to respond to emergencies, but it’s perishable, and natural disasters interfere with collections in the affected areas.United WayMary Sellers, the president of the American division of the nonprofit United Way, said that the organization was prepared to help its local partners with disaster response — but also that people should think about the medium- and long-term effects of Hurricane Florence.

This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes?

This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes?

Lin and Emanuel said their research showed that not only were grey swan hurricanes now likely to occur, one such devastating hurricane would almost certainly hit the Persian Gulf region – a place where tropical cyclones have never even been seen in history.

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Research published in Nature earlier this year showed that the average speed at which tropical storms track has slowed down by 10% since 1949.

'Warning of what has already arrived': Florence is a climate change triple threat | Michael Mann

'Warning of what has already arrived': Florence is a climate change triple threat | Michael Mann

If we don’t act on climate change, the destruction potential of slow-moving storms such as Harvey and Florence will only get worse

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Its hog farms are a major part of the state economy, with many of them concentrated in the eastern part of North Carolina, where Hurricane Florence is expected to drop 20 to 30 inches this week.

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence Experts provide the steps you can take to avoid them. Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.Drenching rains were inundating North Carolina on Friday as Hurricane Florence crawled inland at three miles an hour.

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to find out if it was too late to stop possible future category 6 hurricanes.Hurricane Florence update: Nine dangerous storms were spotted around the globe this week (Image: Jamaica Weather)He said: “The risk is real.

Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Catch Up on the News

Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Catch Up on the News

14Two powerful storms are threatening lives and livelihoods this week on opposite ends of the earth — Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning while battering the North Carolina coast with strong winds and blinding rain, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which has whipped up lashing winds on its way toward the Philippines.

As the Winds Come, Towns in Hurricane Florence’s Path Fear the Floods

As the Winds Come, Towns in Hurricane Florence’s Path Fear the Floods

Emergency rescue teams were trying to reach about 150 others still trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics.Greenville lies far inland, a few score miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, but it is connected to the sea by the Tar River, which eventually becomes the Pamlico River as it widens out and flows into the Atlantic.On Thursday, as billowing, dark heather clouds loomed overhead, the city’s spokesman, Brock Letchworth, said Greenville’s first concern is that Florence could drop enough water to create immediate flash flooding.But he said the city was also worried about a massive salty storm surge roaring westward up the river from the Atlantic.

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

In the riverfront city of New Bern, emergency rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of residents trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics as the Neuse River overflowed and flooded the city.Here are the latest developments:• The storm, which was downgraded to Category 1 late Thursday, made landfall about 7:15 a.m., with winds of about 90 miles an hour.

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't Drive

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't Drive

When It's Time to Evacuate, Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't DriveAs Hurricane Florence bears down on the mid-Atlantic coast, emergency managers are painfully aware that not everyone in the region can drive to safety—and they're working to help them out.Randall Hill/ReutersEvery hurricane season, news reports divide the country’s coast into two camps.

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

It’s the sign of a planet in the throes of change, and those changes don’t look good for the future.Humans are used to the idea of some parts of their homeworld being all but uninhabitable.

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines on Friday, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a colossal storm more than 550 miles wide with maximum sustained wind speeds of 173 miles per hour, howled its way across the Pacific.Mangkhut’s eye is on course to hit in the early hours Saturday on the northern island of Luzon, the country’s rice and corn growing heartland, where more than four million people are at risk.The storm, gusting at speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, passed the American territory of Guam on Thursday, knocking out 80 percent of the island’s electricity and downing trees and power lines.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

“The operator has a tool that lets him choose the right scenario.”For this specific clip, it took only 90 minutes from the time NHC data came in to broadcast the final product.'The entire goal is to try to paint and recreate a reality that’s in the future.'Michael Potts, The Weather ChannelThat short window of time belies how much tech underpins the rest of the operation, though.

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at RiskPoolThe President of the United States says he does not believe that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath killed 2,975 people—an estimate generated by researchers at George Washington University and accepted as the rough official death toll by the government of Puerto Rico.

A Nuclear Plant Braces for Impact With Hurricane Florence

A Nuclear Plant Braces for Impact With Hurricane Florence

But Lochbaum points out that history proves such preparation might not be enough.In its 2012 post-Fukushima review, Florida Power & Light told the NRC that flood protections at its St. Lucie plant on South Hutchinson Island were adequate, despite failing to discover six electrical conduits with missing seals in one of the emergency core cooling systems.

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

If you see a Twitter feed that you don’t know tweeting information or images, be careful before you push that along.'Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America"Make sure if you are going to repost something that the source is credible, number one, because a lot of hysteria happens," Steven Stalinksy of the Middle East Research Institute, who studies social media, told WIRED last year about how to behave online during breaking news.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change.

Hurricane Florence Is 50 Miles Larger, with 50% More Rain, Thanks to Climate Change

Hurricane Florence Is 50 Miles Larger, with 50% More Rain, Thanks to Climate Change

The first effects of the now Category 1 Hurricane Florence are already being felt in the Carolinas, where the storm is expected to make landfall later today, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50% more rain

Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50% more rain

Hurricane Florence is set to bring 50% more rainfall to the US east coast due to human-induced climate change, according to a landmark forecast that has outlined the influence of warming temperatures upon the looming storm.

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.

Climate change: we need to start moving people away from some coastal areas, warns scientist

Climate change: we need to start moving people away from some coastal areas, warns scientist

French policy places a duty on local authorities to develop plans by 2020, identifying the areas at serious risk of coastal flooding or erosion, what needs to be relocated and how (including sources of funding).

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

But experts know that not all residents will heed the warnings, and some say part of the reason is that storm forecasts and risks are inadequately communicated to the public.“There’s a big gap between the forecasts that are available within the weather community and in some cases the information that people receive and are able to use,” said Rebecca Morss, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.The ‘cone of uncertainty’ is confusingA prime example of that perception gap is the familiar “cone of uncertainty” seen in hurricane tracking maps, which can be easily misread.“The cone is misunderstood,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with the forecasting service Weather Underground.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

“The large amount of rain that is going to come out of a tropical storm or hurricane anyway fell in the same place over a long period of time.”To analyze the changes in translation speeds, James Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tapped into a global data set on past tropical storms.

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