Sunday September 13th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Double Trouble…Keeping The Media Focused On Multiple Simultaneous Climate Crisis Tragedies
Dear Diary. A couple of days ago I praised the U.S. television media for highlighting climate change at the top of their thirty minute broadcasts due to the deadly fires enveloping the West. That’s fantastic, but what happens if we have multiple horrific climate change events simultaneously? This may happen:
Indeed, Sally is strengthening this Sunday morning, and from what I can tell on the latest models, the system will go on the worst possible track towards and through New Orleans. Sally will probably slow, oozing northwest towards Lake Ponchetrain, lashing CAT1/2 force winds across southeast Louisiana and flooding the central and eastern Gulf Coast areas. Millions will be affected by this hurricane unless some shear prevents strengthening.
The United States has gotten used to handling or focusing on one natural disaster at a time. We didn’t have western fires burning, creating havoc and horror after Katrina made landfall in 2005. Will FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) be overly stressed having to handle to dire events at once? Will our media become focused on the latest hurricane emergency, dropping or limiting coverage of the aftermath of western fires if Sally becomes a killer? Will these natural disasters get media focused away from the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump’s corrupt administration?
I fear that the answer to all of these questions will be a resounding yes.
For that matter, can the media cover the ongoing atrocious climate crisis problem of international events like the burning of the Amazon by putting such events on its front pages? I’ll be pleasantly surprised if they do.
On my blog I will continue to list Twitter notes with article links for the western fires, COVID-19, Sally, and other relevant climate and weather material, but I must say that we are getting stretched rather thin with so many subjects and concerns vying for attention. I present so much in a daily basis that I feel like I’m growing a proverbial forest getting lost among the trees, which is a problem. Let me know if I have neglected to present a major note. Anyway, we will press on here on the Extreme Temperature Diary.
Here is more information on the current western wildfires. The most current and pressing news from Saturday is at the top of this list:
Here is more information on the Sally. The most current and pressing news from Sunday is at the top of this list:
Here is more climate and weather news from Sunday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
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