Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For July 22 – 28, 2013

With the aftermath of a derecho causing a great deal of headaches for yours truly, this has been a hectic week…so this post will be a bit on the brief side. Still, it was another interesting week in science with almost something for everyone.  Here’s a look at a few select items I managed to gather together while being without power (and air conditioning) in July.

GENERAL SCIENCE

Very well said…in comic strip form: What Science Does.

Here’s an enjoyable video on 10 unanswered science questions. Certainly food for thought.

My fellow map lovers will enjoy this: a fun look at Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map updated for the 21st century.

Speaking of maps, here’s a look back on ten beautiful medieval maps.

Inspired by the Voyager 1 photo of Earth taken in 1990, Carl Sagan reflects on the pale blue dot in a 1994 interview with NPR’s Science Friday.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Sprites and blue jets, atmospheric phenomenon associated with lightning, has fascinated me for years. Here’s a great story on how a citizen scientist detected Britain’s first “lightning into space.”

TECHNOLOGY

What happens when phone lines are destroyed in storms? The solutions won’t be easy to find.

I highly recommend the search engine DuckDuckGo. Here’s some background info from it’s builder, Gabriel Weinberg.

GEOLOGIC SCIENCES

Earthquakes can have devastating effects far from where they originally occurred.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

The National Hurricane Center has a very nice page on Tropical Cyclone Climatology with everything you’ve ever wondered about and more.

NASA will utilize drones to gather data on tropical cyclones and related weather phenomenon.

Global warming is making life hell (literally) for firefighters.

Sub-arctic forests have recently been experiencing an increase in wildfires.

A view into the challenges of predicting sea ice cover…a daunting forecast challenge that’s often overlooked.

Interesting read on how new knowledge about permafrost can lead to more accurate climate models in the future.

Here’s a very interesting photo essay; “Adapting to climate change in arid Chile

Shortly before midnight on July 23, a derecho blasted through the Tulsa, OK metro leaving over 100,000 electricity customers without power. What is a derecho and what makes them a very unique type of thunderstorm?

Math isn’t just the universal language of science, it helped forecast the path of Hurricane Sandy.

Here’s a very interesting read on weather radar gaps and downtime. It’s a topic that has concerned me for quite some time.

Interesting read on dual radar storm analysis techniques using one radar.

Worth revisiting: The American Meteorological Society’s 2012 information statement on climate change.

Here’s an outstanding “behind-the-scenes” video overview of the devastating May, 2013 tornado events in Oklahoma from KWTV (News9) in Oklahoma City.

Finally, one of the most dramatic videos of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado of May 31, 2013 I’ve seen. Of particular interest is the twin multiple suction vorticies at 00:42 seconds. This was previously noted by Dr. Ted Fujita in a film of the Xenia, OH tornado of April, 3, 1974. This is an incredible display of the complex nature of fluid dynamics that takes place in large & intense tornadic events. But a word of warning…being this close to any tornado is very dangerous…I never condone that behavior under any circumstances.

And that’s a wrap…have a great week everyone.

Cheers!

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