Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2013

Another very interesting week on the science front with plethora of info from a variety of disciplines online. Most notable in the atmospheric sciences, is the eerily quiet Atlantic hurricane season. As usual, our atmosphere always has the upper hand and the ace up the sleeve…so time will tell what it has in store for us. In the meantime, let’s get started on this weeks science links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Thought provoking read about scientific expertise. Bottom line: no one can be an expert on everything. So we (professional & citizen scientists alike) can relax…someone knows something we don’t know & we know something they don’t know.

The political demographics of the science community have changed a great deal in recent decades…and there’s a good reason why.

The Guardian has a list of 20 big questions in science. Some good questions here. As usual, geosciences take a back seat to other topics.

September is National Preparedness month in the USA. The USGS has compiled a nice list of info that is bookmark worthy.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Stop, Collaborate and…vote! A citizen science project to help solve climate change with MIT’s Climate CoLab.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Here’s one of many autumn foliage forecasts…and for some parts of the USA, it should be a good year.

We’ve all contributed to this problem. Old electronics don’t die, they pile up, and up, and up…

Very nice video from NOAA’s Ocean Today. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to watch. Our oceans are a veritable junkyard.

Take a look at this spectacular time-lapse view of the California Rim fire.

No surprise here. Air pollution can be held responsible for up to 200,000 early deaths each year in the USA alone.

The California Rim fire calls into question the uncertain future of Yosemite’s forests.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Spectacular view of all of the hurricanes of the past 170 years mapped on the planet Earth.

Here’s a great list of hurricane planning and response resources from NOAA.

Can anything survive the incredible force of EF-5 tornado winds? And the answer is

Incredible image of red sprites captured above a Nebraska thunderstorm.

Could a recent slow down in atmospheric warming be linked to La Nina?

With the increase in frequency and severity of wildfires in the USA, it begs to question if there’s a connection with climate change.

Many folks are somewhat familiar with the IPCC, but not sure how an intergovernmental panel works. The Union of Concerned Scientists (via climate scientist Heidi Cullen) has a nice overview.

A very chilling and sobering read about the last storm chase of Tim Samaras, his son, and chase partner, and other chasers who had close encounters with the El Reno, OK tornado of 31 May 2013.

For reasons unbeknownst to me (and beyond common sense), NOAA has downgraded the El Reno tornado to EF-3 from EF-5.  I’ll be putting together a blog post in this issue which will contain my own subjective viewpoint in the near future.

For my followers in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re having a great start to the “meteorological autumn”….same for my followers in the Southern Hemisphere who are now entering their spring. Enjoy the seasons!

Cheers!

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