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The mysterious way your body changes with the weather

Everything from your risk of a heart attack to the sex of your unborn child may depend on the forecaster’s predictions

From the 17 July 2015 BBC post

In 2013, neuroscientists reported one of the strangest case reports in the history of medicine: a man who claimed to be able to smell the weather. An approaching storm, he said, produced an almost unbearable odour of skunk excrement, mixed with onions.  The scientists were at a loss to explain what could be causing these strange symptoms.


Most of us are thankfully lacking this rather unwelcome talent, but even subtle shifts in the atmosphere seem to correlate with changes in our bodies. While scientists have yet to confirm many of these proposed links, the evidence so far is intriguing. If true, it would mean everything from your risk of a heart attack to the sex of your unborn child may, to a greater or lesser extent, depend on the forecaster’s predictions.

Read on to discover the myths and the genuine mysteries.

1) Rain gives you rheumatism… maybe

July 17, 2015 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , | Leave a comment

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation website (with social media links)

From the NOAA About Page (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

Record-breaking snowfall, cold temperatures, extended drought, high heat, severe flooding, violent tornadoes, and massive hurricanes have all combined to reach the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness, which is why the Weather-Ready Nation initiative is so important. Through operational initiatives, NOAA’s National Weather Service is transforming its operations to help America respond. In the end, emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and the public will be empowered to make fast, smart decisions to save lives and livelihoods.

The initiative includes improvements in a wide range of areas to support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.

How to receive (and give) information to NOAA/National Weather Service  and NOAA/NWS news followers

WRN Social Media

 NOAA Youtube
 NOAA’s Facebook
 NOAA Twitter Feed

 NWS Facebook
 NWS Youtube
 NWS Twitter Feed

Additionally, the National Weather Service has a news feed one can subscribe to

July 9, 2012 Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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