Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links: Sept. 16 – 22, 2013

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Happy Autumnal Equinox! And for my followers in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Spring! Regardless of where you live, hope everyone’s having a great week. Due to time constraints and several projects that are vying for my attention, this Gee-O-Science Links post will be on the abbreviated side, but I do hope you’ll find a few items of interest. Let’s get started…

GENERAL SCIENCE

The most common language in science is math. Here’s a good essay on how to fall in love with it all over again.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Citizen science means many things to different people. How do you feel about the term “citizen science?”

Like to help out the National Severe Storms Laboratory with research? Then check out the Precipitation ID Near the Ground (PING) project!

Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is a great time for many other citizen science projects…here’s how to get started.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Fall foliage will be getting a lot of attention over the next few weeks. Some parts of the USA should have very vibrant views.

Interesting multidisciplinary study of the effects hot weather has on crop yield.

With demand for water often exceeding supply, the current stresses on water sheds may become the new normal.

This should come as no surprise. Heatwaves and wildfires worsened the recent devastating Colorado floods.

Green energy is not only a good idea, but can pay for itself in lives saved from smog.

Peru’s cloud forests, renowned for their biodiversity, are under threat from climate change.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Humberto was the Atlantic tropical cyclone that would not give up. Read how NASA drones explored the storm to find out data on how it brought itself back to life.

Here’s a very interesting read: Ten Amazing Facts About The El Reno, OK Tornado (otherwise known as the EF-5 that was rated EF-3).

This is a very well written FAQ on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC)upcoming climate change report. This should answer many questions I receive weekly.

Scientific American takes a retrospective look back at 25 years of the IPCC.

NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center has released their global analysis for August, 2013 of climate anomalies and events.

And finally, in case you missed this article from the Wichita Eagle, it’s well worth your time. The downgrading of the El Reno, OK tornado will (IMHO) have deleterious long-term ramifications. 

Time for me to wrap this up…hope everyone has a great week…and a big THANK YOU to all my followers!

Cheers!

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