Tornado Quest’s Science & More Links for July 13 – 20, 2014

With the exception of some tropical cyclones in the western Pacific and isolated severe weather events, it’s been a relatively quiet weather week. For the contiguous 48 states, the big news was a big cool-down which set many records across many states east of the Rockies.  A good example is the Tulsa metro which had four days in a row with high temperatures that didn’t reach 80F. That hasn’t happened since records for the Tulsa metro have been kept. If you had a chance to enjoy the unseasonable cool weather, I hope you relished the opportunity. Summer heat will be on the way back with a vengeance…and we have many hot weeks ahead. As usual, I’ve got a full dance card so this week’s post will be a bit on the short side.

On a technical note: Still having some problems with Twitter. Some people are unintentionally being unfollowed. Currently I’m working with someone who is far more tech savvy than I am on such issues and we hope to have the problem resolved soon. If you’ve been unfollowed by accident, we’ll try to catch it and follow you back asap. Unfortunately, it looks to be a Twitter issue and something beyond our control. My apologies for any inconvenience.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool astronomy citizen science project where you can join the Global Telescope Network and help out astrophysicists with research.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here are some amazing images taken of our sun by the world’s largest solar telescope.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

With the recent increase in Oklahoma earthquakes, developers are taking extra measures in construction.

Speaking of the drastic increase in Oklahoma earthquakes, the debate over links to waste-water fracking is on the increase.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

A thought-provoking read: “Nature has the answers, if we ask the right questions.”

The drought in California is so bad that agricultural use of groundwater is becoming commonplace.

The first step in preserving the world’s forests is first answering the question, “What is a forest?

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has released their 2013 State Of The Climate Report. It should come as no surprise that the data shows a climate that is changing faster than we can comprehend.

A very interesting read on 20 women making waves in the climate change debate.

Rarely are people aware of the effects the atmosphere takes on our socio-economic world. Since 1971, weather and climate related events have take a huge toll. With an ever changing and growing world, the social and economic losses are bound to increase.

We’re only half way through the year and for folks in California, it’s been a sizzling six months.

Eight thought-provoking charts with a glimpse into the effects climate change has had since the early 1970’s. Links to original sources (Guardian and WMO) are included.

Last but not least, I watched the Weather Channel debut episode today of “WxGeeks” with Dr. Marshall Shepherd and Chris Warren hosting. The inimitable Dr. Chuck Doswell was their first guest and, in his own unique style, was spot on…especially in his discussion about the all-too-frequent reckless behavior that has run amok within a certain element of the storm chasing community. This will be a weekly show…and I’m really looking forward to further episodes and a wide variety of guests.

That’s a wrap for this week…

Cheers!

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