Storm warnings amidst Summer Season in USA

Summer season has been hostile in the USA, this brought a heat wave that made Americans want to stay outdoors at the pool these past weeks. But this week, the country will experience relief as scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to hit some parts of America.

For the Northeast, scattered showers and thunderstorms bring a cooler temperature to Upstate New York and New England and isolated thunderstorms develop in the late afternoon and evening from Southwest Pennsylvania through southwest Virginia.

The Midwest will feel the end of the scorching heat by Friday in most areas. A cold front in Canada that rushed southward across the region will spark heavy showers and harsh thunderstorms, where severe threat runs on from north and east North Dakota to central Michigan today. The threat areas for this Friday are in central and south Michigan, northern Indiana, extreme northwest Ohio and southeast Wisconsin.

The South will also have its fair share of gloomy weather, starting with scattered heavy thunderstorms in central and western Tennessee, Alabama, east Louisiana and Mississippi. There will also be rainfall that may accumulate 1-3 inches in a brief period of time. This could lead to some flash flooding.

Temperature in USA

                                   This is how HOT the USA is today!

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be felt in the West, particularly across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

With the change of weather conditions, citizens are advised to reschedule their blood donation appointments this weekend as harsh weather would make transportation a burden to blood donors. One reason why blood drives are canceled is because of extreme weather conditions.

But it’s still officially summer season in the US, and the threat of a heat wave is still there once the sun gets back to shine.

Tips on how to stay cool in a very hot weather.

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and
  • Avoid doing anything that will make you sweat too much.
  • Light colored, loose-fitting clothing keeps you feeling cooler.
  • Drink water frequently, even if you’re not thirsty. You can get dehydrated when your body has nothing to sweat.
  • Vitamin Water helps too.
  • Stay in your den during the hottest time of the day. Underground rooms are 10-15 degree cooler because warm air rises.

We must be prepared for whatever consequences extreme weather conditions might bring. Keeping informed and donating blood are two simple ways to practice it. Keep safe, America!

What’s the Best Way to celebrate America’s 237th Birthday?

It’s the Fourth of July! Happy 237th Birthday America!

It’s that time of the year again when fireworks color the American night sky in celebration of our Independence Day!

This is a great day for communities to bond and relive how our ancestors have fought for our freedom and those who have died to save others. What’s the best way to celebrate our country’s 237th birthday?

You can think of a thousand ways to do it, but only one answer could make it extra special: DONATE BLOOD!

Unfortunately, this day of merry making is also one of the most difficult times of year for blood collections. Every holiday poses a dip in blood donations every time, which is why blood organizations have thought of fun and exciting ways to for people to get into the spirit of the celebration and roll up their sleeves at the same time.

Blood Donation 4th of July banner

The whole day of 4th of July is for fun, an hour of that can be spent in a blood donation center knowing that after your donation you have saved 3 lives already.

The American Red Cross centers around the country have a lot of goodies and tokens of appreciation for those who take the time to donate blood today.

You can have a FREE Zoo Admission for the Red, White, and You Blood Drive when you donate a pint at Sedgwick County Zoo or get a free hat (while supplies last) or win one of 5 $3000 gift cards on American Red Cross’ blood drive that runs from July 2-7.

Black Crow Media and the ARC are having blood drives at Valdosta Mall in Georgia, from 4-9 pm. ARC will also have its annual Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive today in Oregon where all presenting blood and platelet donors can have a t-shirt and free pie while supply lasts.

What better way to spend the holiday than to donate blood? Make each year’s Independence Day unforgettable by rolling up your sleeves and knowing that people are saved by your pint.

Being able to do something good is the best meaning of freedom after all. USA flag gif

Two Different tropical storms swirling around Mexico and Hong Kong

As the western part of USA is suffering from scorching heat wave in the past few days, two different tropical storms are swirling around Mexico and Hong Kong this week.

Tropical storm Dalila is gaining more force as it moves away from Mexico’s Pacific Coast and could become a hurricane by Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Dalila (photo courtesy of: http://www.wkyc.com/)

Tropical Storm Dalila (photo courtesy of: http://www.wkyc.com/)

Dalila has maximum sustained winds fo 65 mph and it is centered about 165 miles Southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm is moving northwest at 7 mph and a tropical storm warning is on for Mexico’s Pacific Coast from Punta San Telmo to La Fortuna.

On the other side of the globe, Tropical storm Rumbia is expected to swing south of Hong Kong.

The country is not expecting hot weather until later this week after Rumbia moves across South China Sea and borders closer towards western Guangdong.

China has earlier issued a national early disaster warning on Monday morning asking local governments to get ready for the arrival of TS Rumbia.

Rumbia is the second tropical storm to brush off through Hong Kong this summer, while it’s the sixth TS to hit China this year.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Rumbia may also be felt in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan in southwest China.

We have been experiencing extreme weather conditions lately, and here in BloodBanker, we constantly remind people to keep safe all the time.

But we shouldn’t always think of ourselves alone; we also have to think of other people’s welfare, too.

One way to do this is to consider the blood supplies stock of our local hospitals and blood banks. We may not realize this, but having sufficient blood supplies is tantamount to having the right medicines when you need them.

When natural calamities strike, people do not have the time anymore to give blood. The bad news is, there are people who need blood everyday so we need continuous donations to prevent blood shortage.

If weather forecasts warned us of an upcoming storm, we can roll up our sleeves before the early signs of bad weather plague our city. Donate blood ahead of time and let’s not allow natural calamities to be the cause of blood shortage!