Weather, Climate, and People

We need to understand how weather and climate affect our physical health, safety, and food production so we can take precautions to protect ourselves and our environment. Scientists study climate change by looking at temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other features associated with weather.

Health and Extreme Weather Events

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Severe storms can contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria or virus organisms that attack People. Flooding from tropical storms causes chemicals used to treat crops or solid and liquid wastes to be transported into groundwater that contaminates drinking water and agriculture. These resources explain how diseases can be transmitted through our air and water, and how extreme weather contributes to sickness and disease.

Weather and Food Production

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Satellites collect data to inform scientists about weather and climatic changes that affect our food supply. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center tracks and assesses the impact of changing climates and risks of extreme weather events.

Weather and Risk Management

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Scientists use risk analysis to estimate the number of people in an area that might be exposed to extreme weather events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Using the risk analysis numbers, scientists determine ways of reducing the risk or harm to those people when a severe storm hits their local area.

Storm Watch - Knowing What To Do
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