Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links for April 8 – 15, 2014

With the exception of a current short-term cool spell across the great plains, spring is settling in for the long haul. The severe weather season may seem to be off to a slow start, but there have been many active years with historical tornado/severe weather events that seemed “quiet” at the beginning. Time will tell…and while it’s quiet, it’s an excellent time to get an emergency preparedness plan in place if you haven’t done so already.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the severe weather season is very busy for me. For the time being, I’m having to limit each post to 10-15 links simply due to time constraints.

Let’s take a look at this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

The peer review process works exceptionally well in the sciences. In spite of that, some refinements are called for.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Why rare earth recycling (i.e. metals that make our high tech devices run) is rare and what we can do about it.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Neil Shubin’s “Your Inner Fish” is a great book that I highly recommend. Fortunately, it’s now a must-see series on PBS!

Why did the Tyrannosaurus rex not need long arms? With a stout neck and jaws that could rip through flesh and bone, who would?

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

April 9th was the 67th anniversary of the Woodward, OK tornado event, the deadliest tornado in OK state history and the 6th deadliest in USA history. Here are links from the Amarillo NWS & the Norman NWS.

The latest US Drought Monitor has been released. Extreme and/or exceptional drought conditions persist or have worsened for parts of CA, NV, CO, KS, OK, & TX.

March, 2014 was on the cool side across much of North America but globally the conditions were much different.

The World Meteorological Organization has a new update on potential El Nino conditions for 2014.

A very interesting read from NOAA on how paleoclimatology can tell us about drought conditions.

Should it come to fruition, this proposed new satellite could give us an improved understanding of the consequences of climate change.

Considering the data base of this study is based on a very short time scale and a very small land area, I’m very, very skeptical about its conclusions. Unfortunately, it also may perpetuate some long-standing myths that need to be extinguished.

The latest IPCC report on climate change is coming “under fire” but not for the reasons many wish for.

And that’s a wrap for this week. See you on the dryline!

Cheers!

 

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