Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Feb. 11 – 18, 2014

Winter’s grip on North American has taken a momentary respite, but there’s still many weeks of cold weather and chances for slippery precipitation…so don’t put that heavy coat and your snow shovel away just yet. We do have a taste of the spring severe season coming up Thursday into Friday. Chances are it will be a squall line/linear convection type of event with high winds and large hail as the main hazards, but the threat from tornadoes is not absent. You know the game plan…stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio, local broadcast meteorologists, and outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center for the latest information.

Here’s a look at this week’s links…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

You can join the Citizen Science Association with a free, inaugural membership…but hurry before time runs out! Be sure to fill out the survey too!

Here’s a ‘must read’ if you’re into or interested in citizen science: A Citizen Science Manifesto.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Volcanoes, including Oregon’s Mt. Hood, can go from dormant to active quickly.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

I’d love to see this filled in much more. The USGS had put together a map showing 47,000 online wind turbines in the USA.

Satellite instruments document the transformations wrought both by the human footprint and by natural processes.

If you’re into recycling as much as I am, you’re keenly aware of those numbers inside of the recycling symbol. If not, here’s what those numbers mean.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has issued their State Of The Climate report for January, 2014. Some areas were quite cold, some quite warm, and far too many locales were locked in the grip of an ongoing drought.

Denmark is taking the world-wide lead by spearheading climate policy into law.

The effects of climate change are multifaceted and global conflict is not exempt.

A warming planet could mean less ice and snow for Olympic bid cities.

Check out one of this weeks most popular reads I posted on my Twitter account: The NSA and Climate Change Spying: What We Know So Far.

Here’s a very interesting read from a MIT hurricane expert on the role climate change is playing in our society.

The National Weather Service in Norman, OK has put together a nice video retrospective on the El Reno, OK tornado of 31 May 2013.

Dr. Chuck Doswell was spot in his presentation at the 2014 Chaser Convention in Denver, CO.

Some Oklahoma City metro school districts are considering implementing “storm days” with mixed opinions regarding effectiveness.

A relatively rare winter storm affected several southern states this past week. Here’s a look at the aftermath of an ice storm in Augusta, GA.

While much of North America was in the icebox, England was seeing rainfall totals that hadn’t occurred in over 200 years.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

Here are some final links on important topics…

Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!

Phil Plait’s take on why astrology is nonsensical pseudoscience.

Finally, not one, not two, but three essays that expose the true nature of the internet troll. They’re on thin ice (pun intended) and they know it…otherwise they wouldn’t be persona non grata, desperate for attention, and emotionally and intellectually void of the cognition to act in a civil manner. Bullying is bullying regardless of whether it takes place among teenagers on Facebook or among climate change denialists that live to harass with vitriol round the clock. Such a shame that human potential often goes to malevolent ends.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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