NOAA in your neighborhood
Summer is in full swing, and with the recommendation to stay home and maintain social distance during COVID-19, you may find yourself looking at your surroundings a little differently (or maybe a little more closely) this season. Are you looking deeper into a neighborhood creek, finding things you’ve never noticed before? Viewing clouds in the sky you don’t usually take the time to look at? Are you watching a storm pass for a little while longer than you normally would?
Many of our NOAA resources go hand-in-hand with what you might be noticing in your neighborhood. Check out some of the connections staff from the NOAA Office of Education made below and then look for some of your own!
Get “cirrus” about clouds
Submitted by Bekkah Lampe
How many different kinds of clouds can you identify in the photograph above? I can count at least three. Use the NOAA Cloudwise poster to help you out!
Click to see some identified clouds in this photo.
Oysters: A tasty and important mollusk
Submitted by Maggie Allen
You won’t see a rainbow at high noon (at least not in the United States)
Submitted by Marissa Jones
*At least, the sun is too high for rainbows to appear in the sky. Expand to learn more.
So what’s going on here in this picture I took many years ago on a hike with some friends in Oregon? At 3 pm Pacific on September 8, 2012, the sun was still high overhead. And a rainbow did form, but we were looking down on it!
Mosquito habitat: Search and destroy
Submitted by Audrey Maran
Weather Ready at home
Submitted by Andrea Sassard
As parts of the East Coast faced the impacts of Isaias, I thought about what I could do to be ready for tropical storms and hurricanes. Emergency preparedness starts at home, and putting together a disaster supplies kit is one way to keep you and your family ready for anything. Stuck inside during a rainy morning, I pulled up this checklist and inventoried what I had on hand. The checklist felt a little overwhelming, but bit by bit, I checked some things off or made a list of items, like a NOAA Weather Radio, that I need to get. As we may need to stay socially distant during an emergency, I also updated my kit to follow CDC guidance. Learn more about hurricanes, what to do before a storm, and check out other weather safety tips.
Stuck in the mud (or river!)
Submitted by Lisa Kim
Expand to see the largest piece of debris I’ve found during my adventures! You can track pollution like this and other debris with the Marine Debris Tracker app.
It’s all connected: The importance of cleaning up little neighborhood streams
Submitted by Maggie Allen
Submitted by Amara Huddleston