Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For June 10 – 18, 2014

A very active period of weather across much of North America this week. Monday saw the most active severe weather and tornado day in quite some time. One NE supercell in particular was very powerful and, at its most intense state, exhibited twin tornadoes. Elsewhere, drought conditions persist across much of the southwest and southern plains.

Here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

In the varied fields of science, there are many terms that are gravely misused and/or misunderstood by the general public. Here’s a list of the top ten…and personally speaking, pay particular attention to 1, 2, 8, and 9.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

USGS iCoast is a cool citizen science project where you can help scientists document changes to coastal areas after major storms.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

How much space junk is orbiting the Earth? A lot…and I do mean a lot.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

What sound did Tyrannosaurus Rex actually make? Very unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a movie.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Earth’s inner core is quite mysterious. A recent finding discovered what could be a massive amount of water.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

How’s my waterway? Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US… quickly and in plain language from the EPA.

Rocks made of plastic have been found on Hawaiian beaches. Nothing good can come of this.

Good tips on saving time, money, energy, and carbon emissions while drying clothes.

This is how much American spends putting out wildfires. Yes, it’s a lot. Much more that I ever imagined.

Apparently Australia is lagging behind many other countries with an aging and inefficient electricity sector.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center’s review of May, 2014 is out. The ongoing drought and coming El Nino are some highlights.

Speaking of El Nino, here is a look at the potential impacts to the United States from NOAA.

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

A very timely and spot-on viewpoint from the inimitable Chuck Doswell.

Post-tornado damage survey’s are a daunting task. As a veteran of many over the past 30+ years, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s arduous work.

In a variety of weather related disaster scenarios, these lightweight foldable shelters could be very useful.

Recent research has discovered a link between climate change and ocean currents over six million years.

THE QUIXOTICALLY VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

Just when I’d thought the “flat earth society” and bloodletting were out of style…comes this. Someone please tell me this is a joke.

Another storm chaser has reached an all time low. Gotta get that “money shot” for a financial windfall!

Yes, this definitely qualifies as a contender for the worst academic paper of the decade…or at least the year.

ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE…

Rather than end this on a dour note, let me rectify the situation with a hopeful and forward-looking viewpoint. “Why We Should Focus More On Clouds, Trees, And Streams.”  We’re very lucky to be living on a planet that has an abundance of spectacular vistas. Let’s enjoy, nurture, and preserve them in the very brief time our species will exist.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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