Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links: Aug. 5 – 11, 2013

As usual, there’s plenty of interesting science stories out there. From a weather viewpoint, we’re entering the peak of the Atlantic tropical cyclone season. Though the activity has been “tame” so far, there’s a lot that can still happen over the next few weeks. And on that note, let’s get started…there’s a little bit of everything this week.


A great read by the inimitable Stephen Pinker: Science Is Not Your Enemy.

How open-access scholarship improves the internet…I’d really like to see more of this.

The Mercator projection on world maps is everywhere, but it’s not the most accurate.


An enjoyable read on how science museums must aim beyond education and embrace citizen science.

Millions are birdwatchers (including myself…& my constant vigilance for Cardinals). Like to get started? Here’s how.


Fellow introverts, rest easy. Here’s a list of 27 challenges that we can relate to all too well.

A good read on “7 Negative People You Need To Ignore“…and essay like this makes me think twice about following anybody on Twitter, etc. who has a dour & sarcastic online personality.


Is digital media wiping out traditional print media? Here’s an interesting take on that discussion.

Thought provoking look at 100 examples of corporate social media policies.  Some good tips here that should be applied to even “secret” personal accounts.

Nothing done on the internet is “private”…but here’s some helpful tips on encrypting email.

Speaking of privacy, Steve Gibson’s written a good essay on “The Lesson of Lavabit.”


The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip…again. Don’t worry. It’s nothing we haven’t lived through before.


Here’s a weather data and imagery site from Univ. of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center that’s bookmark worthy.

Astronaut and oceanographer Kathryn Sullivan has been chosen to lead NOAA.

Here’s an interesting story about Lewis Fry Richardson, the “father” of weather forecasting…and much unappreciated in the history of science.

Though much of the changes in polar ice are slow, sudden events can and do occur.

The loss of Arctic sea ice has wide ranging effects that can take place all over the globe.

For some climate scientists, speaking out about climate change is a moral obligation.

As I mentioned earlier, the Atlantic tropical cyclone season has been relatively quiet…but NOAA is still expecting an active season.

As hurricane Henriette moved across the Pacific in early August, 2013, NASA’s TRMM scanned thunderstorms within the circulation up to ten miles in height.

Active tropical cyclone season or not, here are a few changes that can’t do anything but help us.

NASA’s Firestation is on it’s way to the International Space Station to study lightning!

Here’s an interesting map of the number of Twitter followers (as of summer, 2013) for each National Weather Service office in the U.S. (Courtesty NWSFO Norman, OK)

A meteorologists took this very cool video of a dry microburst as it blasts the NWS office in Elko, Nevada.

And that’s a wrap for this show…time to turn the page, mark 30, and I’ll see you good folks sooner than later!



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