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To be a Floridian is to know hurricanes. If you live in Florida, you probably have an evacuation plan ready and a pantry full of unperishable goods. While you may experience hurricane season yearly, sometimes it’s easy to get confused about certain words and images used by weather forecasters to communicate a storm’s path, intensity and potential impact.
Read on to keep up-to-date on hurricane terms, symbols, measurement instruments, current research and more!
More Feature Stories
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act aims to better connect Florida’s natural lands and prevent habitat fragmentation.
Long Live the Longleaf Pine
Remaining longleaf pine ecosystems now exist solely in clustered pockets, scattered across their ancient empire, a shadow of their former selves.
Florida’s Algae Problem: What Is It, And How Can It Affect You?
Floridians are already witnessing its harmful consequences in aquatic ecosystems as Florida creeps into its summer season.
Stories to Watch
To pair with the rest of our educational content in each Earth to Florida newsletter, we bring you monthly updates on statewide environmental news.
Florida’s Environment: 13 Stories to Watch for September
Earth to Florida (August): Stories to Watch
Earth to Florida (July): Stories to Watch
Action of the Month
How does one go from resenting their workspace to reveling in it? One solution: add an office plant!
Action of the Week
Action of the Week: Planet-Friendly Pet Food
Learn some tips to feed and treat your pet cat or dog in a more eco-friendly way.
Action of the Week: Recycle Your Yard Waste
Being smart about your yard waste can save time and money and aid environmental conservation.
Action of the Week: Cope With Climate Anxiety
Do you suffer from anxiety caused by climate-related issues? Click here to learn more about climate anxiety and how you can cope with it.
If you’ve been reading our newsletter this summer, you know that red tide once again bloomed across areas of Southwest Florida. Check out our new explainer video to help you better understand what causes red tide, how often it occurs, and how it is monitored.
Learn more about Earth systems-related topics through our other student-produced educational videos!
What We’re Reading
Environmental protection and social justice are deeply intertwined, and we cannot accurately communicate the environmental issues facing our state without acknowledging this relationship. In this monthly Earth to Florida segment, we will share articles and videos that help explain these connections.
- NASA partners with academics to study cane burning air pollution in the Glades
- Why FEMA is denying disaster aid to Black families that have lived for generations in the Deep South
- Helicopter science doesn’t work—environmental justice comes from empowered communities
- The Government Sells Cheap Houses. In South Florida, They’re Also In Flood Zones
Tell Me About
Explore the posts below to learn about various environmental issues in Florida! Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@UFEarthSystems) for more!
Tell Me About: Keeping Soil Healthy in Florida
Tell Me About: Wetland Mitigation Banking in Florida
Tell Me About: Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Florida
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