Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links Dec. 16 – 30, 2013

For those celebrating the holiday season, I hope it’s been a good one for you. Much of the US & Canada is still reeling from the effects of an ice storm that has left many without power for over a week. For those of us who were in the path of this event (including yours truly), winter certainly got started with a bang. As is always the case with weather, things are bound to get more interesting.

Here’s an abbreviated post with some links for the end of 2013…


One take on the “science scorecard” for 2013…Did the year live up to expectations?

Speaking of expectations, some things are to be expected and will never change.

Looking ahead to 2014, scientists from many disciplines chime in on their “wish list.”


If you enjoy “bird watching” as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this citizen science essay by @CoopSciScoop.


Not your average puffy cloud. The value and potential of the cloud in computer technology.

If there was ever a reason for keeping your webcam under covers when not in use, this is it.

Need new light bulbs? Get ready. The old, wasteful incandescent bulbs that create more heat than light are about to vanish for good.


Had two nights of spectacular ISS flyovers at my house. If you’ve ever wondered when the ISS may be visible from your location, check out this site from NASA.

A nice compilation of imagery from the BBC: Best space images of 2013.


Conservationists take a look back on the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Many of the traditional energy-saving tips are in need of reevaluation.

Sprawl Crawl. The reason people waste hours of their lives commuting is not necessarily because of too many motor vehicles, but urban sprawl.

As daunting as many environmental science issues may seem, there’s always a sliver lining.


Check out this awesome global Earth wind map that is bookmark worthy!

Here’s an interesting read on research concerning the Earth’s upper atmosphere (which isn’t easy to study).

A short and to-the-point video: “Global Warming Explained In Under A Minute”  Obviously the topic at hand is far more complex, but if you’re wondering what all the climate change chatter is about, this could help.

Atmospheric scientists learned a great deal about climate change in 2013. “Six Things We Learned About Our Changing Climate In 2013.

Part atmospheric science, part social science: How Wintry Weather Affects Emotions.


Swedes don’t let a little cold or snow get in their way of ringing in the new year!

And speaking of the new year, I hope you have a good one. Many heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Happy New Year…and cheers!!!


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