Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Gee-O-Science Links For April, 2013

There’s been a lot going on in the science world and the sheer mass of cool info (specifically in atmospheric and environmental studies) has been time-consuming, but fun, to sort through. Due to multi-tasking on far too many projects, I accidentally posted a draft copy of the April, 2013 science links a few days ago. This month’s Gee-O-Science post is complete & the “missing links” that I originally intended to include with the draft are presented here. In addition, I’ve gotten a few emails wondering if I’ll be reviving the Tornado Quest website. The answer is an unequivocal, “Yes!”…but it may be a while and I can’t give a specific time frame. In the meantime, I’ll be using this WordPress blog as my primary online “base of operations.”  So, without further delay, let’s get started!

GENERAL SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABILITY

New Guidelines Call For Changes In Science Education.

What lives at the bottom of the Mariana Trench? More than you might think.

Millions of bird watchers are taking note of avian behavior…and it’s behavior induced by climate change.

Earth Day is celebrated world wide on April 22…and NOAA has a very cool site with tons of good info.

Check out the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere which just went operational in Australia.

Here are several pieces of writing by Steven Pinker, one of my favorite social scientists.

A tragic event like the terrorist bombing in Boston, MA can give social scientists in interesting view into human behavior in a crisis.

If you’re ever in a crisis situation (tornado, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, etc.) it’s always better to text than call on your phone. Always.

Crisis situations almost always test our resilience. The American Psychological Association has some very useful & informative information on this important topic.

We recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, et al. in vast amounts. Why not clothes? North Face has spearheaded a project…and it would behoove other major retailers to follow suit.

Plastic bags. They’re not good, but they’re not the worst either.

One journalists interesting experience on covering the Exxon oil spill in Mayflower, AR.

A “must-watch” video: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, & Stephenson discuss science & storytelling.

How’s your science & technology IQ? The Pew Research Center has a quick quiz where you can find out.

Here’s a very cool list of “Mathy Ladies To Follow On Twitter.”

Developing a social media presence can be a daunting task. Here’s a good overview of the basics for scientists, but  can apply to many other fields as well.

TECHNOLOGY

A nice article on browser extensions that protect your privacy. I use many of these and strongly suggest you do the same.

Privacy Awareness Week is April 28 – May 4, 2013. If you’re online in any way, you need to take this seriously.

Take a look back at these computer videos from 1994. How far we’ve come in such a short amount of time.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Something that I’ve long believed existed in evolution is apparently true. Adaptation neither stops nor makes value judgements.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a look back (22 years ago this month) at the Plains Tornado Outbreak of April 26, 1991 which included several violent tornado events (Andover, Winfield in KS & Billings/Red Rock, Terlton, Oolagah in OK).

Sandy was not only a significant weather event, but a seismic one as well.

Speaking of Sandy, that name has been retired under the authority of the World Meteorological Organization. Ever wonder how & why tropical cyclones are named? Read on.

And finally, Sandy was a watershed event for the National Hurricane Center. Read here about warning and product changes made to tropical weather products.

Are you a teacher or student  looking for learning resources on our atmosphere? The folks at NCAR/UCAR have a great page to get you started.

Do you follow your local National Weather Service office on Twitter? If not, the Tallahassee NWS has a comprehensive list.

NOAA’s Ocean Today has a very cool video on waterspouts!

Climate data from the Nat’l Climactic Data Center is being used in a very cool way to further our understanding of cicadas.

The American Lung Association has released their State Of The Air report with interesting data on air quality for many U.S cites.

Bumpy flights are no fun for anyone, especially the pilots. This study suggests they may become more common with time.

Like so many people, I love the smell of rain. Ever wonder why is smells so good?

Read about the amateur (aka citizen scientist) who made a groundbreaking discovery in climate change 75 years ago.

Antarctic warming a tale of two ice cores…each with a different story to tell.

A recent NOAA/university study explains how thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has updated its estimates concerning the impact of climate change & rising sea levels on the Finnish coast.

Climatologists are using old weather date to prove a point: climate change is real.

According to Andrew Revkin, fear may be out greatest obstacle in our quest to deal with our changing climate.

If you think a great plains summer is sizzling in today’s society, try out a hot spell 270 million years ago.

Some new thoughts in paleoclimatology on the relationship between the earliest accumulation of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor for April, 2013 has been released. Many areas from TX to NE are still in extreme to exceptional conditions.

Check out this very cool image from NASA showing ice flow on Antarctica.

Fluid dynamics is an incredibly complex, yet fascinating, part of atmospheric physics…and a vital part of understanding why you want to be a “storm chaser.”

Lightning is one of the most enigmatic atmospheric phenomenon. “Dark lightning” could be the unseen energy of thunderstorms.

A keen understanding of fluid dynamics is imperative to comprehending the complexity of tornadoes. Research meteorologists have developed another small piece of the vast puzzle of understanding this most enigmatic of atmospheric phenomenon.

Wrapping up the atmospheric sciences section is an interesting op-ed, “Can Just Anyone Claim To Be A TV Meteorologist?”

THE FUNNY & RUMMY

The Curmudgeon’s guide to understanding creationists. One would think that in 2013, such a topic wouldn’t be an issue. Sadly, it is.

The free market is founded on, “if you’ve got the money honey, I’ve got the time.” Unless, it’s money from the “wrong” kind of people.

Well, now this just solves it all. Toss out decades of peer reviewed science research & lets sink into the abyss of a new dark age.

Here’s yet another U.S. “lawmaker” (and I use that term very loosely) who has little regard for peer review…and scientists in general, regardless of their particular field of study.

Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll “pass” on passing gas research, but pass this along to you. You’re welcome!

Ending on a philosophically positive note, I’ve always been somewhat of an Epicurean hedonist at heart. Here’s a good primer on one of my favorite philosophers.

And on that note, another month passes. I hope it’s been a good one for folks out there who are trying to maintain a sense of sanity in this topsy-turvy world of ours!

See you in the Twitterverse…

Cheers!

 

Thunderstorm Anvil Sunset Shadows

Thunderstorm Anvil Sunset Shadows

Interesting #okwx visible satellite image from 8:01pm CDT showing thunderstorm anvils just minutes before sunset. If you look closely, a long shadow from the storms can be seen running from west-central OK into southwest AR.

National Drought Summary — Released April 23, 2013

National Drought Summary — Released April 23, 2013

Across the plains states, #drought conditions easing somewhat, but for many parts of TX/OK/KS/CO/NE, extreme to exceptional conditions still exist. #climate

Tornado Safety

Tornado Safety

Considering the relatively tranquil weather forecast across much of “Tornado Alley” for the next several days, now would be an excellent time to review safety rules, make sure your NOAA weather radio is in proper working order, & even prepare or restock your home emergency kit. Best to be prepared & not need it than, well….you know.

Quick note regarding the Tornado Quest website: for the time being, I’m going to continue to use this blog for my primary source of information. I’ve narrowed down the site host hunt to two companies. Wish me luck…

%d bloggers like this: