I have always felt the need to mention to people that a lot of the things they have “praised the lord” about, is all really taking credit from where credit is due. For example, hurricane Isaac visiting the United States, was all spotted from outer space by man made equipment. The people that are safe now in the path of Isaac, is all due to our advancements in science and technology.
To go into greater detail, we have satellites in orbit around our planet. These satellites give us crystal clear pictures of weather activity all over the world. Several thousand people participated in the creation of these satellites. Going further in-depth, we have thousands more who contributed to the study of weather patterns, climate changes, influence into what fuels major weather events, and so much more. Through science we have learned that given the right conditions, hurricanes can form. What are these conditions you ask? Well, here they are:
Hurricanes begin as tropical storms over the warm moist waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans near the equator. (Near the Phillippines and the China Sea, hurricanes are called typhoons.) As the moisture evaporates it rises until enormous amounts of heated moist air are twisted high in the atmosphere. The winds begin to circle counterclockwise north of the equator or clockwise south of the equator. The reatively peaceful center of the hurricane is called the eye. Around this center winds move at speeds between 74 and 200 miles per hour. As long as the hurricane remains over waters of 79F or warmer, it continues to pull moisture from the surface and grow in size and force. When a hurricane crosses land or cooler waters, it loses its source of power, and its wind gradually slow until they are no longer of hurricane force–less than 74 miles per hour.
Hurricanes over the Atlantic often begin near Africa, drift west on the Trade Winds, and veer north as they meet the prevalling winds coming eastward across North America. Hurricanes over the Eastern Pacific begin in the warm waters off the Central American and Mexican coasts. Eastern and Central Pacific storms are called “hurricanes.” Storms to the west of the International Date Line are called “typhoons.”
Because of the destructive force of hurricanes during late summer and early autumn, scientists constantly monitor them with satellites and sometimes even fly airplane surveillance to keep track of tropical storms that might develop into hurricanes. [cotf.edu]
That was about the most basic explanation I could find, short of posting a kids version of it. We know all of this through science and technology though. We should thank the thousands upon thousands of people who contributed their time, money, resources, and even their own lives so we could be safer. We should further be thankful to the thousands of men and women out there during, and after the hurricanes, rescuing those whom are stranded, trapped, or otherwise harmed. These men and women risk their lives to save other lives. That is humanity at its finest, working together for the betterment of all human kind.
While I’m on this topic, I’d like to share a few other examples of how we should thank science, technology, and more specifically the people physically there helping you every day:
- Your doctor, and the hundreds of thousands of people before him/her, who contributed to the discovery of all our medical and technological advances to treat you every day.
- Your IT guy, and the thousands upon thousands of people before him/her who contributed to the inventions of electricity, circuit boards, education, technology, and the science behind computers.
- Your weather man, and the thousands upon thousands of people before him/her who contributed to meteorology, satellites, and radar to give you advanced warning about storms.
We have a lot to be thankful for, because if it wasn’t for these men, we would still be in the dark ages believing that a higher power will watch over us, and protect us.
– The Secular Nerd