Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For April 22 – 29, 2014

The big news this week is focused on multiple rounds of severe weather across the plains into the southern states. Due to the ongoing severe weather as of this writing, this post will be shorter than usual…and many links focused on the recent severe thunderstorm and tornado events.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS

Two very helpful links from Ready.gov on making an emergency preparedness plan & building an emergency kit. Regardless of where you live and your local climate, these are things you should do. If you’d like to help the folks who have been affected by this weeks severe thunderstorms and deadly tornadoes, you can easily make an online donation to the American Red Cross. Every little bit helps.

If you have a NOAA weather radio and need codes for SAME programming, you can find codes for all 50 states and USA territories here.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

An interesting read on sustainability and it’s relation to economics the world over: Think Globally To Cut Down Waste Locally

Mayflower, AR was heavily damaged by a tornado on 27 April 2014. Unfortunately, this town is no stranger to disaster especially after having endured the ExxonMobile tar sands pipeline spill in 2013.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest US Drought Monitor is out. Extreme to exceptional conditions persist across CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, OK, & TX.

Very interesting piece: A tornado’s cost: Living in a tornado alley.

There’s an increasing awareness of the link between climate change and public health.

Are climate scientists confusing the general public about climate change? One study thinks so.

The Storm Prediction Center has a new Local Storm Reports page with a variety of customization tools. Give it a test drive.

A gallery from Associated Press of tornado damage across parts of AL, AR, & MS.

The Tulsa National Weather Service has posted a preliminary damage survey of the Quapaw, OK tornado of 27 April 2014 which resulted in EF-2 damage and one fatality. It’s my understanding that no tornado warning was issued for this storm. Regardless, that’s no excuse for unfettered criticism of any National Weather Service office. Almost every Severe Thunderstorm Warning comes with a caveat that essentially states, “Severe thunderstorms can and/or will sometimes produce tornadoes without warning. Take shelter immediately if a tornado is spotted.”  For future reference, you should always keep in mind that, depending on the structure and environment of a severe thunderstorm, a tornado, no matter how small or brief, is always a possibility…and once that warning is issued, it is your responsibility to heed the warning and take proper safety precautions.

THE QUIXOTIC

There are many countries that I would have expected such supernatural, conspiratorial nonsense from, but Sweden? This Swede is aghast at the scientific ignorance of many public servants. Then again, that’s nothing new.

And that’s a wrap for this week.

Cheers!

 

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