Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For March 18 – 25, 2914

Spring has “officially” arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. From now until late June, the days will get longer. Along with the extra hours of sunlight, those of us in the tornado prone areas of North America will once again face the annual increase in severe weather events. What will this season bring? That’s the million dollar question. Most speculation should be taken with a grain of salt. While most of the USA saw a below average number of tornadoes in 2013, specific areas of the plains (central and eastern OK in particular) took a brutal beating from several rounds of severe weather…many of which were watershed events of historic importance. So…what will the coming severe weather season have in store? We’ll have to see…the best way for you to deal with nature’s tantrums is to have a good preparedness plan in place and when those storms send a few fast balls your way, be prepared to hit every pitch out of the park.

On that note, here are some links for your consideration…

GENERAL SCIENCE

If you need info from FEMA, including flood maps, this site should be of  good assistance.

This is Tsunamis Awareness week. NOAA’s Coastal Service Center has some very useful safety information.

A little science history blended with geology. A very interesting look back at the history of geological maps.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Spring not only brings a change in weather for the Northern Hemisphere, but new citizen science projects.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This should come as a surprise to no one. Trees near Chernobyl have barely decomposed since the 1986 nuclear disaster.

It’s a bit early for Air Quality Awareness Week, but never really too early to be mindful of air quality safety info.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

In case you missed it, here’s NOAA’s 2014 spring climate outlook.

Speaking of spring, here’s a fun read (with a cool map) on tornadoes and spring. No, it’s not a forecast, just an interesting look at one of the Earth’s most contrary phenomenon.

Here’s a fascinating read from NOAA…the NWS Service Assessment of the May 2013 OK tornadoes (63 page PDF file).

An interesting paleoclimatology read on how wind-borne dust affected climates of the past.

Considering a career in the atmospheric sciences or know someone who is? Here’s some good read on a career in meteorology from the World Meteorological Organization.

Starting March 25, 2014, several National Weather Service offices (including Tulsa and Norman) will begin using Impact Based Warnings. After almost two years of watching the effectiveness of Impact Based Warnings, I’m not a little enthused that more NWS offices will start including additional very important information when a warning is issued.

According to some studies, Americans are concerned about climate change but see no danger in the near future.

A good read by Phil Plait: AAAS “What We Know” About Global Warming Campaign.

And that’s a wrap! Have a great week everybody!

Cheers

 

 

 

 

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