Weather preparedness includes the understanding of weather and natural events such as CME's and how they affect your preparations.
Real prepping requires an understanding of everything that may impact your preps.
So, listen to this weather preparedness podcast episode and read these show notes. If you do, you'll be better prepared to overcome any challenges that may lie ahead.
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
Coronal mass ejections are explosions of plasma and particles from the sun's corona that move into outer space.
The magnetosphere protects the earth from harmful CME particles.
The CME’s happen as the sun goes through differing activity cycles.
Solar flares are not CME’s
Monitoring the Sun
The scientists at the Space Weather Prediction Center, located in Boulder, Colorado monitor the sun and the likelihood of its effects upon the earth.a
They monitor the sun through the use of ground-based sensors and equipment as well as satellites.
Scientists can provide between 14 and 36 hours of warning for earth impacting sun events such as coronal mass ejections.
Effects of Coronal Mass Ejections
CME’s impacting the earth can cause a range of effects.
On the low-end, it coronal mass ejections can cause little effect other than increased northern and southern lights.
On the high end, CME’s have the potential to cause significant disruptions to electronics and power grids.
These effects happen when the CME overloads the power grid and electronic devices.
History of CME’s
The most massive recorded solar storm, or CME, to hit the earth was in 1859. It is known as the Carrington Event.
The Carrington Event coronal mass ejection was so massive that the northern lights were seen as far south as Cuba. Also, during the Carrington Event, telegraph lines gave off sparks large enough to cause fires.
The Carrington Event CME was so large that many predict if it happened today, life as we know it, could be forever changed.
Frequency of Coronal Mass Ejections
CME’s occur regularly. However, they do not regularly impact the earth.
We typically only hear about CME’s when they may cause problems with communications, etc.
Protecting Against Coronal Mass Ejections
CME's do not physically impact people.
However, electronics and electrical infrastructure may be.
The use of Faraday cages may help shield electronics from the effects of a CME.
Unplugging electronics from your home’s power source may help as well.
Relying on The Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is an excellent resource for people interested in weather preparedness related trends.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac focuses on long-term averages and trends.
It will help you predict a broad overview of future weather.
Any accurate daily predictions that happen to occur are purely coincidental.
Modern Weather Forecasting
Modern weather forecasting is based on numerical models. These mathematical models represent the atmosphere using physic and real observations.
Forecasting accuracy is limited to between seven and ten days.
Individual Weather Preparedness Prediction
The best way to accurately plan for weather-related impacts is to be informed.
One way to be informed is through the use of weather.gov.
Hard cauliflower edged clouds are an indication of an increasing storm.
Fluffy cotton ball edged clouds indicated a storm is dissipating.
Buy’s-Ballot Law is a way of telling what type of weather, bad or good, is approaching.
In the Northern Hemisphere, a person facing away from the wind will have high pressure on his or her right. Likewise, low pressure will be on the left.
Weather in the Northern Hemisphere generally moves west to east.
Therefore, if you have high pressure to the west, you will have good weather approaching.
Likewise, if you have low pressure to the west, you will probably have worse weather approaching.
Similarly, in the Southern Hemisphere, a person with their back to the wind will have high pressure on the left and low on the right.
Low and High Pressure
Low pressure creates storms and bad weather.
High pressure destroys storms and creates good weather.
Red Sky at Night, Sailors’ Delight
If the skies are red morning, it’s because there are clear skies over the horizon to the east. These clear skies permit the sun to light the haze, dust or water-filled clouds to the west.Since, in the Northern Hemisphere,
Because, in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather tends to travel west to east, this would be a sign of approaching weather.
Red Sky at Morning, Sailors’ Take Warning
If the skies are red in the evening, it’s because there are clear skies over the horizon to the west. These clear skies allow the sunlight unobstructed travel to the east.
This indicates that there are clear skies to the west, where as discussed above, the approaching weather is coming from.
Therefore, clear skies to the west is a sign of clear weather coming from that direction.
Some Basic Weather Preparedness Points
Hiding under an overpass will not protect you from a tornado.
Opening your windows before a tornado hits to equalize the pressure does no good.
All storms have the ability to impact you negatively.
Prepare accordingly and take all weather-related events.
Don’t try to swim against the current.
Swim across the current and after a short distance; you will be out of the rip current.
Never forget, you’re just one prep away.
If you have any other thoughts or questions about the weather preparedness, please leave a comment below.
Stay safe, secure and prepared,
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