Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Dec. 2 – 9, 2013

Much  of the contiguous USA had more than enough bitter cold, snow, sleet, and all the other trimmings over the past week. From CA to New England, the meteorological winter made its presence known.

Lets take a look at a few stories from this week…

GENERAL SCIENCE

An important and interesting essay on the peer review process…which should never get stoic.

Check out these amazing images of our humble home take from space.

TECHNOLOGY

Most of us keep a vast amount of data on the “cloud.” That’s the easy part. Protecting your data is another matter.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s some citizen science anyone can take part in regardless of where you live. Check out the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

ASTRONOMY

NOAA has a new instrument to gather information on the Sun’s effects on the Earth.

GEOLOGIC SCIENCE

Some recent research has shown some lethal qualities of the Japanese fault that cause the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mapping the demise of the dinosaurs. Not as easy as it sounds when the evidence is buried deep underwater.

At 12:10 pm on Dec. 7, much of OK was shaken by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake (preliminary info). Here’s the link to the Oklahoma Geological Survey with complete information on all seismic activity in OK.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This has been a bad week for air pollution in Shanghai. No, that’s not fog you see in the photos.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Getting snow? Here are some quick tips from the Norman, OK NWS on how to properly measure snowfall.

In high latitude areas, logging and deforestation may be beneficial to the local climate.

Who has the best chance for a white Christmas in the contiguous USA?

A ‘bookmark worthy’ page from the American Red Cross with winter weather safety tips.

2013 is well on its way to being the hottest year on record for Australia.

Here’s the latest information on the “Weather Forecasting Improvement Act” moving one step closer to reality.

And that’s a wrap for this week…stay warm folks…hope your holiday season is going well!

Cheers!

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