Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For May 6 – 13, 2014

Another busy weather week across the Great Plains of the USA. We’ve had several rounds of severe weather, unfortunately the rains from the thunderstorms have brought little or no relief to drought ravaged areas that span from CA and NV to KS, OK, & TX. Speaking of severe weather, it’s true that the season has been rather “mild” compared to other years, but that’s no reason for us to let our guard down. Many significant severe weather days including events that made the history books have occurred on what most would have considered a “quiet” severe weather season.

As is the case this time of year, this will be an abbreviated post. If my schedule allows, I’ll add a few more links and post via Twitter the link to the updated blog.

Here are a few links for your consideration…

SCIENCE EDUCATION

The “state of the climate” has changed (pun intended) for Wyoming’s science education…and not in a good way. Addendum: Normally I am relatively apolitical in my posts, but this was too disturbing to not share with concerned, like-minded folks.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

I can’t speak highly enough of the mPING app from the Nat’l Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK. Unlike many weather apps, this has a very small download that won’t take up several tons of space on your phone, you can use it from any of the 50 states, no need to go outdoors, and your report helps important weather research.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Many seasonal allergy sufferers are unaware that the air we breathe indoors year round is often worse for our health than the outdoors.

According to the World Health Organization, cities in India are among the world’s most polluted.

In AZ, the world’s largest solar array is set to start cranking out power…which is awesome in every way!

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, as of 6 May 2014, almost half of the USA was experiencing drought conditions.

Interesting read on why some tree ring records haven’t tracked recent warming.

The weather has been histrionic across many plains states. Folks in Kansas know they’re no exception.

El Nino could be a big climate/weather story for 2014. Here’s a concise FAQ that explains what El Nino’s all about.

May 11, 2014 was the anniversary of the Waco, TX tornado…likely the deadliest tornado in TX history.

Rick Smith, the WCM of the Norman, OK NWS has written and interesting blog essay on recent responses to questions regarding where people would take shelter from a tornado. Some responses seem sane, others quite unsettling.

Harold Brooks of the Nat’l Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK has written and excellent essay on the data connection between tornadoes and climate change.

If you’ve not seen the National Climate Assessment website, check it out. State-of-the-art is an apt description. NOAA’s Climate Connection has a very nice concise overview.

This week’s troll magnet read: “Scientists Warn Of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt.

Good story from KOCO in Oklahoma City on the lackluster performance of “tornado sirens” in the life-saving warning process.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

 

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