Tornado Quest Science & More Links for July 20 – 27, 2014

After a very nice cool spell for much of the eastern half of the contiguous 48, summer heat returned with a vengeance. Fortunately, another cool-down is on the way. We’ve still a long way to go in summer, but I’m going to enjoy every bit of the cooler weather while it lasts.

Still ironing out a few SNAFU’s with the Tornado Quest Twitter account. For the most part, the odd glitches over the past two weeks seem to have settled down. Unfortunately, the powers that be in social media have a life of their own…and we’re all vulnerable to their whims and tantrums.

I’d like to welcome my new followers…I’m glad you’re here for the ride. Many sincere thanks to all the folks who’ve re-tweeted or mentioned me in the last few days. I’d like to thank all of you but my schedule only allows so much time for social media…so here’s a big THANK YOU!!! 🙂

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

This story could easily fall under the Atmospheric Science category, but it’s a solid citizen science story about 80+ years of observations from a devoted weather enthusiast.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Check out this very informative slide presentation on the recent spate of seismic activity in Oklahoma.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Onshore wind power is now the cheapest form of new electricity in Denmark. We need to see more of this the world over.

Speaking of wind power, here’s a nice look at how wind turbines work and how they’ve changed over the years.

More good reasons to plant a tree (preferably one native to your region)…they’re good for our health.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Today (July 27) was the second episode of WXGeeks on The Weather Channel…and it was almost as enjoyable as the first…I mean to say, Chuck Doswell was on episode #1…how can you top that? Anyway, there was a spot-on discussion regarding weather hobbyists and social media presence. If you’ve not been watching WXGeeks, you’re missing out on a treat.

A very interesting look at Arctic sea ice from NOAA including its current status and changes over time.

In case you missed the latest United States Drought Monitor, you can find it here. The drought has eased in some areas, but extreme and exceptional conditions still exist from California to Oklahoma.

Lyndon State College has an exceptionally good damage analysis of the Moore, OK tornado of 20 May 2014. Damage surveys have always been a keen interest of mine and I’m thoroughly convinced that they are an integral part of understanding severe weather behavior.

An interesting take on the challenges of forecasting tropical cyclones.

What’s it like to stand in a Cat 3 hurricane force wind? Not fun.

Why do we care so much about El Niño? Here are some answers from Climate Central.

A detailed old diary is indeed worth it’s weight in gold: “250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice.”

Finally, an interesting and enlightening read: “I Crashed A Climate Change Denial Conference In Las Vegas.”

That’s a wrap for this week…

Cheers!

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