Heat Stress Safety: The Science Behind the WBGT Regional Guidelines

Heat stress is a very real and potentially deadly occurrence that can happen to athletes of any competition level. Since many athletes train and perform in a variety of environmental conditions, Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) Regional Guidelines were developed to help improve heat stress safety. What is WBGT? First, let's discuss the concept behind Wet Bulb Global Temperature. This is the measurement of heat stress in direct sunlight. This measurement takes the following into account for its calculation: Humidity Temperature Wind Speed Sun Angle Cloud cover It's no secret that different regions of the US experience varying types of...

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Recognizing Heat Stress in Poultry

From excess rain to droughts and record-breaking heat, weather patterns have an enormous impact on farmland and livestock. When it comes to poultry, we need to pay attention to the signs and impact of poultry heat stress---which can be devastating for the animals as well as the farmer's livelihood. Here is how to recognize heat stress in poultry as well as tips on preventing it: Signs of Heat Stress in Poultry When it comes to heat stress, there are both visible and invisible signs to keep in mind such as: Panting Gasping Wings spreading Light body weight Wet droppings Increased...

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The Guide to Bats & White Nose Syndrome

Bats are an important part of the ecosystem in many places around the world. They consume agricultural pests that can impact farming and livestock. Even fruit bats are important to the environment since they help spread pollen to repopulate plants. However, since 2007, white nose syndrome has plagued millions of bats ranging from the northeastern to the central United States. This is a widespread fungal disease that is unfortunately devastating to the bat population across different regions. Appearing as a white fungus on the bats, White Nose Syndrome thrives in cold and humid climates. The fungus is found primarily in...

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The Science of Mosquito Abatement

With recent potentially fatal viruses found in Florida to the infamous West Nile virus, mosquitos can pose a serious threat to humans and animals alike. Efforts at controlling mosquitos have evolved over the years, ranging from spraying solutions on your skin to bug-zapping outdoor lights. However, there are some environmental factors to consider when you’re trying your best to avoid mosquitos. Unfortunately, some of us are more attractive to mosquitos than others---but keeping your eye on the elements can help you avoid these insects flocking to you for a fabulous feast. Wind as a Mosquito Repellent Studies show that mosquitoes...

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Getting Started in Long Range Shooting

A sport requiring tremendous concentration, a good amount of practice, and hard-earned skill, long-range shooting is a favorite pastime enjoyed by many people across the globe. Some fall in love with the sport for the adrenaline rush, the competitive spirit, the thrill of the challenge, or the stress relief they may experience. Whatever the reason for seriously pursuing long-range shooting, one thing is for sure – it's a discipline that can't be mastered in one day. There are many factors to consider when aiming at a long-range target. Onsite wind and weather are well-known variables that affect the flight of...

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Kestrel DROP Specs

Kestrel DROP Specifications SENSOR ACCURACY RESOLUTION RANGE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE +/- 0.9°F / 0.5°C 0.1°F / 0.1°C 14 to 131°F / -10°C to 55°C RELATIVE HUMIDITY +/- 2% RH 0.1% RH 10% to 90% RH, 25°C non-condensing PRESSURE +/ 1.5 hPa|mbar0.044 inHg0.022 PSI 0.1 hPa|mbar0.01 inHg0.01 PSI 25°C/77°F700-1100 hPa|mbar20.67-32.48 inHg10.15-15.95 PSI MEASUREMENT ACCURACY RESOLUTION SENSORS EMPLOYED DEW POINT +/- 3.4°F / 1.9°C15-95% RH. Refer to range for temp. sensor 0.1°F / 0.1°C Temperature, Relative Humidity HEAT INDEX +/- 7.1°F / 4°C 0.1°F / 0.1°C Temperature, Relative Humidity DENSITY ALTITUDE +/- 69.0 m+/- 226.0 ft 1 ft1 m Temperature, Relative Humidity, Pressure...

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