Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Oct. 20 – 26, 2013

Across North America, the crisp, cool air of autumn is firmly in place. It’s hard to imagine that summer’s heat firmly entrenched just a few short weeks ago. And just think, the holiday season is less than two months away. The older I get, the faster the time flies. There’s plenty to look at this week so let’s get started.

GENERAL SCIENCE

Why do so many people reject science? Some answers give insight into our complex perceptions of the world around us.

The USA government shutdown may be over, but it’s effects on scientific research will resonate for some time to come.

Fascinating photo essay look at 400 years of women in science.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

How can non-scientists influence the course of scientific research? The possibilities are almost endless!

Looking for some cool citizen science projects for Halloween? Look no further…check these out!

ASTRONOMY

On it’s way to Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped an amazing photo of our home.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The USGS is investigating possible links between recent Oklahoma earthquakes and waste water disposal from oil and gas production.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

In spite of vast amounts of scientific data to support climate change, the vitriol is still flying in a most sophomoric manner.

If it’s biased with an obvious non-scientific bias void of objectivity from the beginning, it’s not science.

Given a choice, some studies on public perception of climate change indicate that people would rather have immediate material reward than invest in future quality of life.

Scientists are planning a trip to the stratosphere…a part of our atmosphere which we know little about.

Interesting read on unprecedented Arctic warming (with journal reference for further reading).

The US Drought Monitor for late October is out. Much of the southern plains and southwest plagued by a continuing drought, will stay dry.

Unless ‘mother nature’ has an ace up her sleeve that we don’t know about, the 2013 Atlantic basin tropical cyclone season will be one of the quietest on record.

The El Reno, OK tornado of May 31, 2013 will go down as one of the most controversial tornadic events in recent science history. WeatherBrains had a recent show you can watch here with Oklahoma City’s KFOR television meteorologist Mike Morgan.  The inimitable Chuck Doswell chimes in with a reply to the interview here. Finally, here’s another take on the scenario from Virginia Tech’s Jen Henderson.  Needless to say, the many dimensions of the El Reno tornado, from the downgrading from an EF-5 to an EF-3 to how the Oklahoma City media handled the storm, aren’t going to go away quietly.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…

As a long-time indoor gardener, I can vouch for the validity of tropical houseplants improving indoor air quality. Here are some good choices of easy to care for varieties.

Considering the “state-of-the-art” animations you can watch here, I’d say every on-camera meteorologist’s job security is sound. 🙂

And that’s a wrap for this week!

A special “thank you” to my new followers on Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, & Instagram. Glad you’re along!

Cheers!

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