Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Sept. 2 – 8, 2013

It’s hard to believe that September is well underway and the meteorological autumn has commenced in the Northern Hemisphere. For the time being, the tropical Atlantic is quiet though Tropical Depression 9 near the Cape Verde Islands is forecast to become hurricane Humberto and stay in the open Atlantic.

Here’s a few links of interest to browse through…hope you find something interesting this week…


One of my favorite radio shows, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, has a nice program on wonder…an element that is essential to scientific research…and so many other fields of study.

Sesame Street is widening it’s focus to include some science along with the ABC’s.

What’s in urine? 3,000 chemicals & counting. And now you know…


Hate those home pages that many popular browsers use? Me too. Here’s how to set a blank homepage in IE, Firefox, & Chrome.


Here’s a very cool geography link (from a historical perspective) of interactive maps comparing several 19th century cities to today.


New studies indicate that crop pests and pathogens are on the move thanks to climate change.


I could get used to flights like this! Watch this video about some very cool airborne research done by NASA’s cloud hunters.

Here’s a very cool look at the total area covered by tornadoes year by year in the USA.

September 8th marks the anniversary of the Galveston, TX hurricane of 1900…the deadliest natural disaster in USA history.

The Atlantic tropical season has been quiet so far, but it may not stay that way for long.

All scientific research involves challenges and hurdles to overcome. Here’s a good example with climate science.

Interesting read on how one degree Celsius of climate warming could cut Kansas’ wheat production by almost twenty percent.

A well documented climate change over 12,000 years ago could be tied to a cosmic impact.

Why should we trust climate models? It’s a matter of science…and the scientific method.

NOAA invests $1.3 million with university & federal researchers for hurricane forecasting advances.

Here’s some essential reading from NOAA’s Nat’l Climactic Data Center and the American Meteorological Society (note: very large PDF file)  Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective

There are good science article out there, and there are bad ones. This gem from the Daily Mail (UK) is a perfect example of 1) factoid writing on the level of the National Enquirer and 2) sensationalism void of scientific merit that denies years of peer-reviewed research subject to the scientific method.

In case you missed this, here’s a good read from the inimitable Chuck Doswell on the recent EF Scale controversy that surrounds the May 31, 2013 El Reno, OK tornado.

Finally, keep in mind that September is National Preparedness Month in the USA. Here’s some good information from the CDC on hurricane preparedness…and now’s the time to prepare before it’s too late.  FEMA has a very handy emergency info sheet you can print out & keep in a safe place.


A coordinated kamikaze attach by squirrels on the power grids of the US of A could bring Uncle Sam to a screeching halt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Why the other queue seems to move faster than yours. If I had a dime for every time this has happened to me…

Being royalty isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Apparently, Richard III was begnawed by roundworms. To add insult to injury, his remains were found under a parking lot.  Egads!

And that’s a wrap for this week! Regardless of where you live, I hope the winds are at your back & your finances are on the right side of the ledger.



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