Buresh Blog: 2020 billion dollar disasters... Countdown (avg. high temps.) through spring... “Weather 101” videos

Jacksonville, FL — Meteorologists & statisticians continue to gather & organize data from the year that was 2020. There were 22 billion dollar disasters which is a record according to Climate.gov. The combined damage of about 95 billion dollars was 4th to only 2012 ($125 billion)... 2005 ($225 billion) & 2017 ($320 billion).

And as one would expect, the year was warm - the 5th warmest on record for the U.S. In fact, the 6 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2005.

A disturbing trend (National Centers for Environmental Information):

Looking ahead through late winter into spring (as of Jan. 13th):

A teacher recently contacted me to find some of the videos from my “Weather 101″ series from the early months of quarantine. Here’s a list that might be helpful for teachers & home schooling (or just for fun!):

* Inflating a balloon (pressure): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/166120508133515

* Build your own bird feeder (more environmental): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/2542439476005795

* Homemade ice cream (lowering the melting point): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/834812787015447

* Building a hygrometer (humidity): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/3137953632890562

* Soda volcano (chemical reactions + visual!): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/239839440754250

* Pine cones & the weather: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/2730124740537704

* Water cycle: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/235364130945067

* Sublimation (frost vs. dew): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/1165735743788567

* Make a tornado: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/850822865424017

* Can crusher (sudden change in air pressure): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/594305644495973

* Dancing Rice Krispies (static electricity/lightning): https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/247445176287815

* Make a rain gauge: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/552403392056446

* Build a barometer: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/1261293684227427

* Make a thermometer: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/204183660838632

* Make an anemometer: https://www.facebook.com/214139368677810/videos/1595019133969346

I also have a virtual (video) tour of our First Alert weather office & Action News Jax studio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwxGDufDBzw