Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links for March 25 – April 1, 2014

In spite of a blast of winter holding on to some northern plains states, spring has definitely sprung across much of North America. In fact, an active period of severe weather starts today across parts of OK and TX and will spread into the Mid-MS valley. Due to the severe weather potential, this will be an abbreviated post…but I’ve got some interesting links for your consideration…

SOCIAL MEDIA

As social media formats go, Twitter is probably the most effective and efficient. In spite of that, a surprising number of people quit. Why?

Like many other active Twitter accounts, there are precautions that need to be taken to avoid Twitter suspension.

People love Facebook for a myriad of reasons, including a news source. When it comes to potentially life-saving severe weather/tornado warnings, Facebook fails in a most spectacular manner.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s some very cool citizen science to check out on a collaboration with Discover magazine and SciStarter!

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

A look back at the Alaska 9.2 earthquake on it’s 50th anniversary.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

A sobering read on research that clarifies health costs of air pollution from agriculture.

What to do with those empty (and expensive) printer ink cartridges? Here’s some tips on recycling them.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A new NASA satellite will show some exciting new data on the future of precipitation imagery.

Whether you’re a weather buff or a gardener, here’s how to monitor soil moisture with National Climactic Data Center information.

The NIST has issued their final report on the Joplin, MO tornado of May 22, 2011. Hopefully construction practices and codes will be improved as a result.

A re-analysis of Hurricane Camille has been completed. Some wind speeds and pressure has been lowered, but it’s still the second strongest on record for the USA.

An interesting read about research into possible causes and continuation of the drought conditions that have plagued the western US states.

THE QUIXOTIC

“In a legislative body with record levels of polarization, the science committee is even more polarized along partisan lines than the House as a whole.” Proof positive that public servants are quite often lacking in knowledge of the scientific method and critical thinking skills.

And that’s a wrap for this week. For those of you in areas that have a severe weather potential on tap, please follow (on Twitter) the Storm Prediction Center, your local National Weather Service office, and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice for the latest and most timely information on watches and warnings.

Cheers!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-nist-issues-joplin-tornado-effort.html#jCp
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-nist-issues-joplin-tornado-effort.html#jCp
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