Summer Messages - Earth Gauge

TOPIC:  UV SAFETY...PUBLIC HEALTH

Exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause sunburn...skin aging...skin cancer and eye damage. Over 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year...but it is largely preventable. Stay safe in the sun by wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. Work and play in the shade...and remember that pets need shade too. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC:  RIP CURRENT AWARENESS...PUBLIC SAFETY

Rip currents are channels of fast-moving water that may pull swimmers away from the shore. Always swim at a beach with lifeguards on duty and heed their advice.  If caught in a rip current...try to remain calm to conserve energy. Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current...swim at an angle away from the current and towards shore. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC:  SAFE BOATING...PUBLIC SAFETY

Boaters...remember that thunderstorms can strike quickly...causing dangerous wave conditions...torrential downpours and lightning. If a storm is approaching...wait for the storm to pass before heading out on the water. If you are already on the water and cannot return to shore before the storm hits...head to the cabin on your boat and stay away from any metal or electrical devices. If your boat does not have a cabin...stay as low as possible in the boat. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.



TOPIC: BIKING

In 2012...traffic congestion in the U.S. wasted about 2.9 billion gallons of gas - enough to fill the New Orleans Super Dome four times. With warm summer days upon us...consider using a bike to run errands or get to work. Biking saves gas and money...reduces traffic congestion and reduces air pollution. Plus...studies have shown that adults who bike to work have better weight...blood pressure and insulin levels. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC:  WATER CONSERVATION

Did you know that the United States has over 3.6 million miles of rivers? Over 84,000 miles of rivers exist in Wisconsin. Freshwater rivers and streams provide drinking and irrigation water...wildlife habitat...recreational opportunities and more.  Help protect and conserve water at home by shortening showers...turning off the water while rinsing dishes and picking up after your pet. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC: WATER CONSERVATION

Planning a garden. It is important to know the water needs of the plants you intend to grow to maximize water conservation. Group plants with similar water needs into water zones. This helps minimize water waste by separating thirsty plants from those that thrive on moderate or small amounts of water.  This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.



TOPIC: ENERGY CONSERVATION

A well-maintained air-conditioning system cools more efficiently...saving energy and money. Giving your home cooling equipment a check-up will help you avoid air-conditioning problems during the hot summer months. Ask a professional for help and make sure the check-up includes tightening electrical connections...cleaning air conditioning coils and checking for good air-flow. Visit energy star dot gov for a full maintenance checklist. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC:  WILDLIFE

Local wildlife like birds and small mammals need a supply of clean water to survive periods of extreme heat and dry weather. Small animals often seen in our backyards typically don’t have large ranges...meaning that having access to nearby fresh water is important for survival. Lend a hand to wildlife by keeping bird baths full of clean water. Put a few water-filled containers at different heights for ground squirrels and other small mammals. And...remember to change water frequently. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


TOPIC:  WILDLIFE

Did you know that cities often support more individual birds than rural or suburban areas. City residents can attract a broader range of bird species by covering or replacing pavement with native plants...flowers and trees. Remember that even small places...like balconies...rooftops and patios...can provide habitat for birds. Add a bird feeder to your balcony or terrace...provide a water source for birds and add native plants and flowers if you have the space. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.



TOPIC:  HEAT...PUBLIC HEALTH

Heat is the number-one weather-related killer in the United States...resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. On average...southern Wisconsin can experience around a dozen days of temperatures of at least 90 degrees during the months of June...July and August. Protect your health on hot summer days. Keep hydrated and avoid or minimize strenuous activity. During extended periods of high temperatures...help others by watching out for young children...seniors and neighbors living alone. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


Kapela, WFO Milwaukee



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