The older I get the more grudging respect I have for Mother Nature. My old scouting motto "Be Prepared" comes to mind; there are always steps you can take to lower your odds of becoming a hapless weather statistic.
But some perspective is in order. According to The National Safety Council the risk of dying from heart disease is 1 in 6. Stroke: 1 in 29. In stark contrast the odds of perishing in a heat wave is 1 in 13,217. Lightning? 1 in 134,906.
My theory: weather-related deaths are often deemed newsworthy; they tend to pop up on the front page of newspapers and lead local TV news. So the perception of risk is a highly inflated version of reality. I still won't golf in a T-storm or drive thru a flooded street. Hey, I want to enjoy future grandkids!
Speaking of weather risk, a few storms may turn severe later today with (isolated) hail & high winds.
Dew points sink into the 40s Wednesday under blue sky - another spectacular taste of September. It doesn't look as cool for late week: expect 70s next weekend, a few T-showers far south.
PS: Want to lower your weather risk? Have a few radar/alerting apps on your smart phone. And buy a NOAA Weather Radio.
Cheap life insurance.
Excessive heat: 1 in 13, 217
Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 29,196
Lightning: 1 in 134, 906
Flood: 1 in 652,046
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- Industry claims of a long-term economic bonanza and energy security as a result of domestic drilling for shale gas and shale (tight) oil.
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