You may have noticed I did not recycle any of the Tuesday’s Gratitude posts while I was gone. No real reason other than it just didn’t feel right to not have fresh content for this theme and the whole point of taking a break from writing is….to take a break from writing!

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When I left off however, I wanted to express some major gratitude for the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and meteorologists in general, without which millions of people would have no warning whatsoever when hurricanes and typhoons form and move inland.

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Consider the major devastation, loss of lives, billions of dollars in damages to property, local and national economies that occurs when we have warning and time to prepare for such storms. Right now, we have people making policy decisions for the rest of us who don’t believe in science, don’t understand the Scientific Method and see it as nothing more than threat to their religious dogma.

Climate change is real and these elected policy-makers are in strict denial. And that is dangerous for everyone regardless of socioeconomic status and resources. This makes what these particular scientists do all that much more important; I would hate to see what could happen if cities had zero warning of catastrophic storms and people were forced to live in fear with nothing more than “thoughts and prayers” to get by on.