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.
Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If we don’t act on climate change, the destruction potential of slow-moving storms such as Harvey and Florence will only get worse
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
“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.