Tornado Quest Science Links For Aug. 31 – Sept. 7, 2014

For those of us who dwell in the Northern Hemisphere, meteorological autumn has finally arrived. It won’t be long before some of you will see leaves start to turn vibrant colors as the plant life prepares for another winter. For those of us in the southern plains, don’t grab that cardigan just yet. We’ve several weeks of very warm to hot weather left. When the heat does finally retire, autumn days on the plains can often be the most pleasant weather days of the year with crisp mornings and pleasantly tepid daytime temperatures. As for the rest of the year between the ice storms, blizzards, sauna-like humidity mixed with searing triple digit summer heat and the good ‘ol tornado season with all the severe thunderstorm trimmings, a certain degree of hearty intestinal fortitude is called for.

And for my followers south of the equator, may spring show its colors for you.

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

TECHNOLOGY/PRIVACY/SOCIAL MEDIA

The “cloud” can be a great place to back up important data. It also requires vigilance regarding security that is the responsibility of the user.

Interesting read on online anonymity. Will it be the only kind we have?

Sad, but true. “Study: Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent.”

An often asked question: “Why does Twitter feel so angry?” If trolls and the confrontational ilk were void of the safety and anonymity of their monitors to hide behind, this wouldn’t exist.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Nice read on how citizen scientists are helping climate change scientists. Specifically in the relation to bird behavior and climate change.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE/PHYSICS

What time is it in the universe? Well, that depends.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

An amazing image of a swirling 1-kilometre-high tornado of gas emerging from the lava pouring out of a fissure on Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Farmers in Texas, County, Oklahoma may use a tremendous amount of water, but they’ve taking some admirable steps towards water conservation.

You can never have too much good news on the sustainability front. “UK Offshore Wind Installations Forecast To Soar.”

Happy 50th anniversary to the Wilderness Act…one of the best ideas to come out of the US of A.

What makes wildfires so distinctive compared to other “natural” fires?

This will be interesting to watch. “New York Times Adds Climate Editor After Slashing Environmental Coverage.”

The Gulf of Maine has become the poster child for global warming in the USA.

Taking the road less traveled could help reduce air pollution.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The drought in the southwestern USA may be around for a while and become a way of life rather than an anomaly. Yes, climate change is playing a major role.

This site from NOAA is on of many that’s an  excellent for one-stop-shopping for all things related to peer-reviewed resources for  managing climate-related risks and opportunities.

This month’s U.N. climate summit is an important event that should be of interest to anyone concerned with the future of our fragile, humble home.

Should climate scientists get involved when their research has social implications? Absolutely. The trick is knowing how.

Is Arctic ice recovering? The to-the-point answer is, “No!”

Read about some pretty exciting new technology that meteorologists will be using on hurricane forecasts.

Meteorological vs. astronomical seasons: Which is more useful? The former. Absolutely. For our everyday world here in planet Earth, it has more immediate multidisciplinary effects.

THE QUIXOTIC

There’s a myth that, as a native Okie, I’ve heard all my life. “You can’t build a house in Oklahoma with a basement.” Rubbish. Yes you can.

That’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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