Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links April 15 – 22, 2014

Spring is well underway across the Great Plains of the USA. So far, the severe weather activity has been rather quiet, but many active seasons have started out on a somewhat sedate note. As for the next few days, there’s disagreement amongst many computer models but it does appear that the latter part of this week could be active. The best way to deal with nature’s tantrums, of course, it to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. This would be a great time to also get yourself a NOAA weather radio.

Here are this week’s links for your consideration…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Happy Earth Day! (April 22, 2014) Check out these amazing images of our amazing planet.

Philosophy has always been one of my favorite subjects, the philosophy of science in particular. But is it becoming obsolete?

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Here’s a great piece by Chris Mooney that confirms what we, the targets, already know. Internet trolls really are horrible people.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

File this under “Are you kidding?” Oklahoma To Charge Homeowners Who Install Solar Panels.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and this year seems particularly bad, here’s a possible explanation why your sinuses are going crazy.

The US Coast Guard is calling BP’s bluff on the “recovery” of the Gulf coast in the aftermath of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon debacle.

A challenging challenge. Going one week without producing any non-recyclable trash. Think you’re up to it?

Wildfires in the western USA are bigger and more frequent. Considering the ongoing drought, no relief’s in sight.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The Storm Prediction Center’s Local Storm Reports page has a new look with a host of new features.

The 2014 severe weather season’s been very quiet, especially when it comes to tornadoes. But don’t let that induce any degree of complacency.

March, 2014 was a chilly month across much of the contiguous USA. But from a global perspective, it was an outlier.

The latest USA Drought Monitor is out. Extreme and exceptional conditions persist across parts of CA. CO, KS, NM, NV, OK, & TX.

An El Nino may be on the way for 2014, but it’s not a 100% certainty.

Here’s an interesting read (with references) on climate change and it’s economic ramifications. Complacency amongst current generations will leave future ones with a very high cost.

Last, but certainly not least, the SPC is quite confident about the severe weather potential across the southern plains this weekend (April 26-27). While forecast details are bound to change, they’ve given us a “heads up” on what to expect. Considering the latest model data I’ve seen, this could be the first significant severe weather event of 2014. Having said that, you’ve been advised. Stay safe!

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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