Monster Hurricane Ian Eats Everything in its Path!

Monster Hurricane Ian destroys everything in its path including the Getaway Marina along San Carlos Boulevard on the way to Fort Myers Beach. Photo Courtesy: Andrew West/The News-Press

Greetings … Hurricane Ian, a strong Category 4 storm devastated everything in its path on the west coast of Florida. The monster dumped as much as 17 inches of rain in areas. And as of this writing, the St. Johns River is still above its flood stage, which will continue till at least Thanksgiving! The St. Johns is a very slow-moving, 310-mile-long river actually flowing from south to north up to Jacksonville. This slow motion is making its flooding worse in its coastal towns such as DeLand, Florida.

Dr. Tracy Fanara (aka Inspector Planet) explained, “Hydrodynamic properties in Florida watersheds delay storm flooding.”  Dr. Fanara continued and said, “Florida has flat lands slowing down water.”

The major Florida flooding from Ian did not surprise any of the scientists and researchers. Additionally, human development and climate change made the flooding a major catastrophe. For years scientists have warned that, “… sprawling development in Florida and other coastal states wasn’t sustainable, especially with the warming climate supercharging hurricane rainfall.” Kevin Reed, Associate Professor in Atmospheric Science at Stony Brook University in New York said, “This is kind of what we had expected for days in advance, and it’s still heartbreaking to see so many people stranded.”

Reed along with other experts said they expect Ian’s devastation, “…to lead to a push for Florida to do more to protect residents from flooding as the warming climate makes natural disasters and rainfall more extreme.”

Linda Shi, Assistant Professor in Cornell University’s City and Regional Planning Department said, “None of this is surprising. How much does it take for us to want to make a change? Our policies and our choices have led us to this point.”

Reed and his fellow scientists published a study focusing on all hurricanes during the 2020 season. They concluded, “Climate change was adding up to 10% more rain in today’s hurricanes.” After Ian passed through Florida, they used the same models to compare its rainfall. They explained, Ian’s rainfall and concluded it was at least 10% higher than it would have been without the warming climate.”

Here’s an Award-Winning Children’s Book from the Kobee Manatee series talking about Climate Change!

This fourth installment is an easy, fun, and effortless tool teaching kids about climate change. You can order it here:

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

When you read this award-winning educational picture book to children, you’ll discover it’s a fun and fictional adventure loaded with weaved in facts on climate change and plastic pollution. This helps children learn about this serious subject in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a brief synopsis …

Kobee Manatee, the protagonist and his seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

On their Caribbean journey they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur with a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. They’re all amazed when they discover the extraordinary Great Blue Hole. Then their adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy FanaraInspector Planet & NOAA Scientist. Tracy can be seen on The Weather Channel and Fox News & Weather as a visiting expert.

We have Fantastic Reviews on this New Release!

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended– Chanticleer Book Reviews

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida. 

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee

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