Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For May 27 – June 3, 2014

Here’s a hearty welcome to meteorological summer in the Northern Hemisphere. For folks south of the equator, welcome to winter. Summer will definitely be felt across much of North America this week with many areas of the plains states flirting with the triple digits in temperatures. There will also be multiple rounds of severe weather possible across the southern and central plains. It’s been rather quiet in sheer numbers of tornadoes, but we still have many potentially active months ahead. As is usually the case in weeks like these, this post will be shorter than usual.

Let’s take a look at this weeks links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Is it acceptable to fudge the facts on science to pacify? Personally speaking, no. The scientific method and rationalism can stand on their own merit.

TECHNOLOGY

Sad but true. Total digital privacy no longer exists.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

A good read by Caren Cooper: Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Shake it up with the fast pace of citizen science!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Check out this new wind turbine design that has incredible potential especially in urban areas

Wind energy projects in Osage County, OK are dividing “neighbors and families?” Surely you jest!

Fumes from traffic come with a high price.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

If you’ve not seen NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services site, take a look. It has a wealth of information…much of which will be very important during the Atlantic hurricane season.

A hurricane’s storm surge is often the most dangerous effect it has on land. NOAA has a new source of storm surge data with potentially life-saving information.

A NASA satellite scheduled to be launched in July will look for answers to further our understanding of climate change.

A very telling video report showing Americans on the front lines of climate change.

Rainforests may hold clues to questions being researched by scientists who normally study desert climates.

In spite of a lower-than-average number of tornadoes, 2013 events packed quite a punch.

What has to be one of the most “odd” studies has created quite a row…and the noisiest commentators aren’t who you’d expect. Bruised egos perhaps?

That’s a wrap for this week. We’ve several busy severe weather days ahead for the plains. If you’re under the gun, stay very weather aware and stay safe!

Cheers!

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