Gee-O-Science Links For July 7-14, 2013

It’s been a relatively tranquil weather week across North America. A few severe storms have taken place across the plains states, specifically the northern plains and south-central Canada. Climatologically, it’s time for their severe weather season to begin as the “death ridge” takes over the vast majority of the traditional tornado alley states. Along with the summer heat, drought conditions, dust storms, and wildfires have plagued many states. There’s been a great deal of climate news lately as well. Let’s take a look at what’s been happening lately…

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Lavas from the Afar Depression in Ethiopia are giving scientists clues as to how oceans form.

After riding out several Oklahoma earthquakes in 2011, I’m not surprised to find this article…a thought-provoking read. Induced seismicity is certainly a topic worthy of exploration.

Some volcanoes “scream” louder and louder until they blow their tops.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Here’s a nice interactive map from Climate Central showing the increase in wildfires in recent years in western USA states.

A team of U.S. and U.K. scientists has found geologic evidence that casts doubt on one of the conventional explanations for how Antarctica’s ice sheet began forming.

Two interesting, and somewhat humorous, map of the USA showing what all states are best…and worst…at when it comes to various environmental & public health issues.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

It’s sadly inexcusable that this heat safety information has to be repeated year after year after year…especially since every death from this irresponsibility is 100% preventable.

Rats, stoats, and other furry little critters…oh my! Small mammals could become even more invasive due to climate change.

Increasing amounts of CO2 could continue to have long-lasting changes to vegetation in desert areas.

Evolution is occurring right before our eyes, but not fast enough to keep up with climate change.

Welcome to the future: Climate change…with a forecast for 2018 that calls for cloudy with record heat.

Looks like quite the storm is brewing over any connection of hurricanes and climate change.

This should come as no surprise to anyone. Air pollution could be responsible for over 2 million deaths annually across the globe.

Could efforts to clean the air in Asia result in a worldwide increase in the number of tropical cyclones?

Across the contiguous 48 United States, the jet stream position brought two very different sides of the coin.

Arcus, or roll clouds, have always fascinated me. Here’s a great photo of one of these rare clouds.

Tornadoes aren’t limited to the plains states. In fact, they do occur in mountainous regions as well.  Here’s a nice video clip of a recent tornado that was spotted from the summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, USA.

I would be remiss to not include this essay on tornado precautions from the inimitable Chuck Doswell. He covers a few points that are often overlooked in more popular material.

Have a great week everyone. If it’s hot where you are, remember the sunscreen & pop open a cool one for me.

Cheers!

Lavas from the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, where three tectonic plates are spreading apart, have given scientists a new insight into how ocean basins form.
Lavas from the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, where three tectonic plates are spreading apart, have given scientists a new insigh

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