Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Oct. 19 – 26, 2014

It’s been a relatively quiet weather week across most of North America and the contiguous United States. That’s a good thing since the National Weather Association was holding their annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Many thanks to the folks in attendance who were tweeting during seminars. There was a lot of very thought provoking information being shared.

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


Very nice essay. Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

Science Friday has a very cool citizen science project called #ObserveEverything…trees, leaves, clouds, insects, and more.

Looking for some fun citizen science projects for Halloween? Check these out…trick or treat!


Very interesting survey on what Americans fear most. No surprise on the “Disaster” list that “tornado/hurricane” are at the top.


If you missed this week’s partial solar eclipse, here are some fantastic images you’re likely to enjoy.


Here’s some very good news on the renewable front. Wind Power Blows Away Coal And Gas In Nordic Countries.

New study pinpoints major sources of air pollutants from oil and gas operations in Utah.


Here is NOAA’s Global Analysis State Of The Climate Report for September, 2014 from the National Climactic Data Center. It’s a very detailed document, but a very worthy read that’s worth your time. No spoilers here save for this graphic of Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events for September, 2014.

And speaking of the State Of The Climate Report, here’s a nice concise overview of the NOAA National Climactic Data Center report.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows very little change from last week. Hopefully, some rains across parts of OK & TX will help next week’s report.

Europe is bolstering their weather data with a new generation of weather satellites.

Damage in Bermuda from Hurricane Gonzalo is estimated to start at $200 million.

Ever wonder how a National Weather Service office is arranged? Here’s a look at six offices, equally effective but with unique layouts.

Here is some very important information. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center is revising their Convective Outlooks (the information they post on their site when severe weather is possible) and it’s very important you familiarize yourself with the new changes…especially if you live in a region where severe weather and/or tornadoes are a common element of your climate.

Apparently, the National Weather Association is implementing a “digital seal” for those considered a “trusted source of weather content.”  Time will tell if this is a concept that will work. My concern is the “carnival barker” storm chasers/Twitter mediarologists will find their way through the loopholes and, in the name of driving followers to their Twitter accounts, likes/follows to Facebook, blogs, click-baiting, etc., and fear-mongering, will continue. After observing the behavioral patterns of these hypesters for years, it’s very easy to see their reason for an online presence. And it has nothing to do with atmospheric science or “saving lives.”

And on that note…that’s a wrap for this week!



Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Oct. 12 – 19, 2014

While this week’s weather over the contiguous 48 states has been rather quiet this week (save for a severe weather episode on Sunday & Monday), the tropical cyclone season has seen an uptick in activity. Hurricane Gonzalo is probably the most notable event with Bermuda taking a direct hit from the eye-wall. The Pacific has been quite busy as well. It’s not unusual for October to be a very busy time for tropical cyclones. Otherwise, the quiet spell across North America has brought the beauty of autumn leaves front and center.

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


A very timely and thought-provoking read that is more than accurate in today’s sociopolitical climate: How Did We Become A Society Suspicious Of Science?


Here are some very cool citizen science projects just in time for Halloween.


A fascinating look at our Sun beneath the Corona.


A very interesting site covering the many beneficial facets of wind power.

Here’s some good news on an innovative new way for normal people to invest in solar power.


A very interesting read on re-thinking tornado warnings.

A mixture of climate and social science: When Our Responses To Drought Make Things Worse.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, many people wonder if they should stay or move.

Here’s a look at the Climate Prediction Center’s Seasonal Drought Outlook.

Very interesting read in Climate Central on studies that show the number of tornado days are decreasing, but the number per day is rising.

And that’s a wrap…hope everyone has a great week!


Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Oct. 1 – 12, 2014

To say that the past month has been hectic and busy is a vast understatement, hence the increased time between blog posts. Life does have a way of tossing a ‘curve ball’ our way when we least expect it. The best we can do, as a species that has been relatively successful in adaptation, is make the best of the situation.

The tropical Atlantic has lit up in the last day or so. Tropical Storm Fay, forecast to stay well to sea, and Tropical Storm Gonzalo, forecast to reach hurricane status as it heads toward the Leeward Islands, have become front and center in an otherwise quiet Atlantic season.

Due to the pending severe weather across the southern plains (Sunday/early Monday) and ArkLaTex to MS/TN valley (Monday to early Tues) this will be a very brief post.


How did English become the language of science?


Here’s a great TED video by Jessica Richman: Why should science be limited to scientists?


There’s more to recycling than meets the eye…and more you can recycle than you realize

The “four corners” region has been revealed to be a significant source of the climate-changing gas methane.


Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to reach hurricane status as it moves west towards the Leeward Islands.

The latest US Drought Monitor is out and shows “exceptional conditions persist in parts of CA, NV, OK, & TX.

Some good info here. How To Stay Warm When It’s Cold Outside.

And that’s a wrap…have a great week everyone!


Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For Sept. 14 – Oct. 1, 2014

Due to varying complicating factors which seem to creep up on us in life at the least opportune moments, I’m running a couple of weeks behind on weekly Tornado Quest Science Links posts. Add to that a personal illness…and things slow to a crawl and priorities change. Having said that, here’s a small selection of links for this post.


Here’s a very cool meteorology citizen science project for Earth Science Week (Oct. 12 – 18, 2014) from NASA!

Just because winter’s coming to the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean it’s time to put your rain gauge in hibernation. CoCoRaHS needs citizen science weather observers year round!


I saw this tweet on hand washing in my Twitter feed the other day. Flabbergasted. I can’t believe we still have to drum proper personal sanitation and hand-washing into people’s heads in the 21st Century.


As social scientists well know, how a message is delivered is as important as it’s content. Here’s another good article in the same vein.


Sweden FTW!!! Read about the world’s first garment made entirely from recycled cotton.


On Sept. 30, 2014, the HRRR forecast model officially went operational with NOAA. It’ been in use in an experimental stage for some time. I’ve enjoyed using it and think it will be a great asset.

If you’re keeping track of this year’s El Nino, histrionic is an apt understatement.

In a rush to rebuild after the tornado of May 20, 2013, many Moore, OK homes have been rebuilt with a lot left to desire.

The California drought is only getting worse with no sight of relief in sight.

Like to give yourself a nice refresher course on some meteorology and climate topics? Here’s a good place to start.

And that’s a wrap for this week. In addition to this WordPress blog, Tornado Quest can also be found on About MeTumblr and Instagram.

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