Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Feb. 25 – March 4, 2014

Meteorological spring has finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. For obvious reasons, this is merely a “reference point” since nature and the laws of the universe couldn’t care less how we pigeon-hole forces that are beyond our control. A perfect example is the current cold snap and accompanying winter precipitation across many contiguous USA states. Spring will be here soon enough.

For your consideration, this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Scientific publishing does need an overhaul. Here’s an interesting take on the subject.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Weather is one of the most important topics in citizen science. It doesn’t matter where you live and anyone can contribute. After all, if you have curiosity and a computer, you can participate in scientific projects.

How the recent rise in citizen science participation is democratizing research.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The air pollution in China is so bad, there are comparisons to its similarity to a nuclear winter.

There are a myriad of myths regarding renewable energy sources. Hopefully, this article will put many of them to rest.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Considering a career in meteorology? The World Meteorological Organization has updated their popular atmospheric science career info.

March 2 – 8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in the United States. Here’s important information on keeping you and your loved ones safe…and your pets too.

If you use the National Weather Service websites for forecast information, here’s an important read on proposed changes.

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have launched a new weather satellite that will change the way meteorologists monitor global precipitation.

An interesting read with a focus on climate change and it’s relation to tropical cyclones.

Here’s a “must-read” (36 page PDF file) from the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences ~ Climate Change: Evidence and Causes. Very bookmark worthy too!

Like many continents, Australia is dealing with climate change induced heat, drought, and increased wildfire risk.

New Mexico is just one of many states that’s facing its own challenges with droughts and wildfires.

How should meteorologists engage with the media and public on policy issues? Meteorologist Paul Douglas offers some very sound suggestions.

Did the Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast verify? Are you kidding me? This is a joke, right?

And that’s a wrap. Hang in there my fellow occupiers of the Northern Hemisphere. Spring is on the way!

Cheers!

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