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…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

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!

SOCIAL SCIENCE

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

ASTRONOMY

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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE S/SUSTAINABILITY

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.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

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!

Cheers!

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