Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For June 25 – July 6, 2014

Aside from a few episodes of severe weather, the formation of Hurricane Arthur kicks off the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Summer is settling in over much of North America and hopefully it won’t be as brutal as recent summers. Even if it is cooler, drought conditions still plague many states from CA to OK & TX. Thanks to Arthur and the Independence Day holiday, I’m running a few days behind on this post but, considering the way good stories are posted to various sites, I may change the post date of Gee-O-Science links to the weekend. We all know how crazy the weekdays can become with an overwhelming blizzard of news…science based or otherwise.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Check out this very cool list from Caren Cooper of recent science publications that relied on citizen science!

Another cool piece from Caren Cooper on Thomas Jefferson’s legacy of inspiring a nation of citizen scientists.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Can studying human behavior in the wake of natural disasters help us in the future?

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

An interesting and very timely segment on this week’s Science Friday on the hazards, shills, and sock puppets so prevalent in social media.

Science Friday had a fascinating segment this week…”The Web Of Doubt.”  A slick website, professional demeanor, & trollish ego dripping with confidence doesn’t beget a benevolent individual or organization. Caveat emptor.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

There’s an increasingly strong link between the recent increase in Oklahoma earthquakes and fracking.

Take a gander at these jaw-dropping images of the world’s deepest cave.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

A novel idea. Turning waste food into biogas.

For cities that get a lot of sunlight, white roofs offer potential benefits to occupants and local climate.

After a slow start to the mosquito “season,” recent floods across parts of the US may induce a drastic increase in mosquito population.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Check out this very cool lightning detection site with worldwide maps.

You’re familiar with the heat index. Do you know about the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature and how using it can keep you safe & healthy in the summer heat?

Here’s another spot-on blog post from the inimitable Chuck Doswell. I love how he never beats around the bush.

What really annoys scientists about the climate change debate? Aside from slander, libel, and sophomoric vitriol we (and I) know all too well…a lot.

Here’s a no-frills look at climate change science in a simple table.

Hurricane Arthur was the big weather headline of this week. Tornadoes and waterspouts are a frequent hazard of tropical cyclones as they make landfall. Here’s a very good FAQ from NOAA on hurricanes & tornadoes.

The ongoing Oklahoma drought is bringing back memories of the 1930’s Dust Bowl.

Hurricane Arthur was not only the “debut” of the Atlantic hurricane season, but helped debut a new storm surge map.

When it comes to lightning safety, the “lightning crouch” will make no difference. The key to survival is not placing yourself (by design or accident) in a scenario where you can get struck.  Simply put, if you can hear thunder, you’re in danger.

Speaking of lightning safety, it’s not out of the question that dozens could be killed at an outdoor sports venue by lightning.

Finishing our links on lightning, here’s an interesting look at USA lightning fatality statistics from 1959 – 2013 (3 page PDF file).

Last but not least, a very thought-provoking essay: “When Beliefs And Facts Collide.”

That’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

 

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