Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Feb. 4 – 11, 2013

Much of North America may be getting a short-term respite from the extreme cold, but not before a major winter weather event with all the trimmings takes a shot at many southern states in the USA that are not accustomed to this kind of weather. As it stands now, winter weather advisories and/or warnings extend from Texas into New England. Most worrisome is the potential ice storm and it’s effects across parts of Alabama, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Folks in these areas should rush to completion any preparations they need to make and prepare for the possibility of loosing power for several days.

Let’s take a look at this weeks links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Communicating science to the general public can be a very daunting task, but it’s an important talent to refine.

The challenges of communicating science include publications. Choosing the right title can make or break an article.

From a variety of disciplines, take a look at some of the best science visualizations of the year.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Check out this cool citizen science project that requires only a simple camera and an eye for landscape.

Read about  five easy ways to become a freelance scientist…who, contrary to popular opinion, can offer a great deal to the professionals.

TECHNOLOGY

If you’re a fan of Google, it looks like they’ve got a full dance card of goodies on tap.

Can Big Brother peek into your home? You bet they can.

Part technology (the tools used) and part social science (a study of bullying and trolls in the online world) in this interesting read: Outing A Pseudonymous Blogger.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Dimetrodon, a carnivorous dinosaur that walked on land between 298 million and 272 million years ago, was the first terrestrial vertebrate to develop serrated teeth.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

This should be a ‘no-brainer’ for contractors, roofing companies, and home owners alike…white roofs are better than green roofs and anything is better than black.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A (belated) Happy Birthday to the National Weather Service which was established on February 9, 1870.

Here’s some interesting info from the folks at the National Severe Storms Laboratory on FACETs and it’s fantastic potential for public safety.

Here’s a look at preliminary tornado statistics for 2013 from the Storm Prediction Center.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850.

Speaking of 2013, here’s a nice 8 minute video with commentary showing our planet in all its atmospheric glory.

There’s nothing in the United States, or the world for that matter, like the Oklahoma Mesonet. Here’s a nice article from a Oklahoma newspaper about the OK Mesonet’s 20th anniversary

If you’ve not read about NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman, OK, check it out here.

CA is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. If this current trend continues, they’ll get worse and last longer.

Trade winds are having an effect on climate change. Here’s an interesting read on another piece of the climate puzzle.

Like some more pieces to the climate puzzle? Read about the cascade of uncertainty in climate projections.

Greenland’s changing climate is a key player in the study of our atmosphere.

If it’s so cold, why do we hear so much about climate change and global warming? Because we need to observe the climate on our planet as a whole, not just what’s going on in one’s backyard.

While on the topic of cold, many folks are ready for spring. The earlier, the better. But, that may not be what you really should hope for.

Few people often agree on the best weather forecast models. Here’s an interesting take on a recent evaluation.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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