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Should You Become a Storm Chaser?

Do you have a love for the weather? Do you consider yourself to be a weather fanatic or a weather enthusiast? If you regularly find yourself tracking the forecasted weather or if you find yourself outdoors when severe weather strikes, you may want to consider becoming a storm chaser. Many individuals storm chase as a hobby, as well as for a career.

As nice as it is to hear that you can make a living or enjoy a fun hobby with storm chasing, you may be looking for more information. For starters, storm chasing is defined as the pursuit of bad, severe weather. Storm chasers often hop in their vehicles and follow severe weather. As nice and as exciting as this sounds, storm chasing is a lot different than watching severe weather unfold from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Before deciding that storm chasing is the perfect career opportunity or hobby for you, there are a number of important points that you will want to take into consideration. Storm chasing often involves a lot of knowledge and research. Storm chasers rely on their knowledge of the weather, as well as severe weather alerts, and radar images to be in the right place at the right time. When it comes to the weather, do you simply just like to watch it? Would you mind sitting around examining radar images or listening to weather alerts on the radio? Although storm chasing can be exciting, it takes research, hard work, and determination to be a successful storm chaser.

Another one of the many points that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if storm chasing is right for you, is your ability to quickly think on your feet. Are you good at problem solving under pressure? If you are not, storm chasing may not be for you. As exciting as storm chasing can be, it is also important to remember the dangers that surround it. When tracking super cell thunderstorms hoping to find a tornado, you may find yourself trapped. If you ever found yourself in this type of situation, you will need to not panic, but quickly think of a solution that will get you to safety and fast.

As previously stated, many professional storm chasers rely on technology and research to get them right in the middle of severe weather. Do you have the capability to do so? Storm chasing involves more than hoping in a vehicle. Do you have a television or a computer in your vehicle that you can use to access up-to-date radar images? Do you have a weather radio that will provide you with constant updates in severe weather? If not, you may want to refrain from storm chasing until you have these important tools. These weather devices will not only help to improve your chances of seeing success, but they can also help to keep you safe.

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There’s a New Garden in Town

It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good
year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact
on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms.
As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other
pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the
deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural
waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our
streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water!
 By taking
responsibility for the rainwater that falls on your own roof and driveway, you’ll
be helping to protect our rivers, streams and lakes from stormwater pollution.

To reduce the excess water runoff, many towns are encouraging businesses and
homeowners to install rain gardens in their yards. Rain gardens are specially
constructed gardens located in low areas of a yard where storm water can collect.
The idea is to have the water naturally funnel to this garden. The rain garden
collects water runoff and stores and filters it until it can be slowly
absorbed by the soil. Rather than rushing off into a storm sewer or a local
waterway, the rainwater can collect in a garden where it will be naturally
filtered by plants and soil.

Installing a rain garden is easy.

You simply dig a shallow depression in your yard and plant it with native
grasses and wildflowers; things that are easy to grow and maintain in your area.

What makes a garden a rain garden? First, the garden will be designed with a low
spot in the middle to collect and absorb rain water and snow melt. This depression
can range from a few inches in a small garden, to an excavated trough that’s
several feet deep. Second, rain gardens are usually located where they’ll catch
the runoff from impermeable surfaces like sidewalks and driveways, or from gutters
and roof valleys. Third, rain gardens are usually planted with native wildflowers
and grasses that will thrive in tough growing conditions. Finally, rain gardens
are designed to channel heavy rains to another rain garden or to another part of
the garden.

Your rain garden should be located at least 10 feet from the house. The garden’s
size and location depends on the yard. The ideal situation would
be to locate the garden in a natural depression. You also can funnel water
from downspouts on gutters into the garden. The soil should be well drained
so the water doesn’t sit in the garden for more than two days. A special
“rain garden” soil mix of 50 to 60 percent sand, 20 to 30 percent topsoil,
and 20 to 30 percent compost is recommended. You can dig this mixture into
the soil to depth of 2 feet before planting.

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Tropical Depression

Tropical Cyclone

is a storm system set off by the heat released when moist air rises and condenses. They can produce enormously strong winds, huge waves that flood coastal areas called storm surges, torrential rain, and tornadoes. A tropical depression’s heavy rains and storm surges generate giant floods, and although they have catastrophic effects on human population, it has also been known to lessen drought conditions because they carry massive amounts of moisture. They take heat away from the tropics which is an important means of global atmospheric circulation that maintains balance in the earth’s troposphere.

Tropical depression

Structurally speaking, is a large, rotating arrangement of clouds, wind, and thunderstorms. The main energy source is the discharge of the heat of condensation from water vapor condensing at high elevation; the heat in due course resulting from the sun. Consequently, a tropical depression can be thought of as a massive vertical heat engine sustained by workings driven by physical forces such as gravity of the earth and rotation.

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In another way, tropical depression can be seen as a special type of Mesoscale Convective Complex, which keeps on developing over a gigantic moisture and warmth. Condensation shows the way to higher wind speeds, as small portion of the released energy is converted into mechanical energy. In turn, the faster winds and lower pressure connected to them causes increased surface evaporation and hence more condensation.

These results to factors that provide the structure with enough energy to be independent and cause a positive feedback loop which can draw more energy for as long as the supply of heat, and warm water, remains.

Factors like constant lack of balance in air mass distribution would also provide supporting energy to the tropical depression. The earth’s rotation causes the structure to spin, an effect known as Coriolis Effect, which gives a cyclonic characteristic and affects the course of the storm.

The factors that shape a tropical depression include pre-existing weather disturbance, moisture, moderately light winds in the air, and warm tropical oceans.

If the precise conditions persist, it will allow creating a feedback loop through take full advantage of the energy intake possible, such as high winds to increase the speed of evaporation and combine to produce violent winds, torrential rains, incredible waves, and floods connected with tropical depression.

A mature tropical depression can release heat at a rate of 6×1014 watts upwards. Tropical depression on sea cause huge waves, high winds, heavy rain, which disrupts international shipping and sometimes ships sinking. However, the most distressing effects of tropical depressions happen when they cross coastlines making landfall.

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Don’t Be Blown Off By A Typhoon

How to Deal a Storm

Wherever part of the world you may live, you are likely to encounter a typhoon of some kind from time to time. Of course, there are specific places more prone to typhoons. There are also typhoons which are deadly and could cause great damage, not only to crops and infrastructures but also to human beings.

If meteorologists forecast that a strong typhoon is coming, it is not enough for us to just sit at home and watch TV. If the typhoon is strong enough, you won’t even be able to watch TV because of electricity blackouts. Typhoons are just one of the ways nature demonstrates its power, you should take precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incidents during the typhoon.

Although different kinds of typhoons in different places may bring different kinds of danger, there are some basic emergency preparations that you can do. To ensure your safety, familiarize yourself with the kinds of typhoons that hit the area where you live or are visiting and with the local government’s safety rules and regulations.

Once the National Weather Service have broadcasted that a typhoon will possibly hit your area, immediately start your emergency typhoon preparations.

Here are a few things you can do before a typhoon arrives:

1. Fix any broken doors and windows. Make sure that there are no objects which could obstruct the entrance, just in case you may need to evacuate. Tape your big glass windows which can be potentially shattered by road signs, tree branches and other things.

2. If the place where you live always had problems with floods and a great typhoon is expected, move to an evacuation center in a higher ground even before the water levels reach a meter high. You should also park your car in a higher ground. Do not leave it in your garage because it can be carried by strong floods and cause bigger disasters.

3. Since it wouldn’t be wise to be loitering around during typhoons and convenience shops are possibly closed, store enough food and water for a few days. Power and water connections might also stop, so you might as well prepare a lot of candles, batteries, rain coats and thick blankets to keep you warm.

4. Make sure that all items in your backyard or balcony are fixed. If any of those items can possibly be flown by strong winds, better store them inside for the meantime. Also, remove rooftop construction accessories, if any, as these can be detached and may break other people’s windows.

5. Ensure that all water drains in your home are clean to avoid clogged drainage systems which can cause a lot of water problems.

6. Listen to news about the typhoon. If the power is down, make sure that you have a battery-powered radio so you are still updated on what is happening, and know if in case there is an emergency evacuation program. Listening to the news will also keep you informed when …