Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Tornado Quest Science Links And More For Nov. 16 – 23, 2014

The big weather news this week has been the lake effect snowfall that brought an astounding amount of snow to parts of New York state. This is definitely one for the record books. Even though some portions of North America are accustomed to several feet of snow per year, this event caught many folks by surprise. This is a good reminder to make sure your winter weather emergency kit is in order. You don’t have to live in the “snow belt” to need one. Many ice storms in the southern plains in the last ten years have left impacts that bordered on a humanitarian crisis.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

An interesting new trend in China. Citizens using social media to report air quality.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

I’d love to see more of these. “TreeHouse is like Home Depot with a green conscience.”

Could the USA get ten percent of its energy from solar power by 2030? It’s certainly a worthy goal.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s just a small sample of some amazing images of the recent lake effect snows.

The latest winter weather outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is out for December-February. Please note this is an outlook and not a forecast.

According to information from NOAA, our humble planet is on track to have 2014 as the warmest year on record.

Very interesting read: “Debunked Conspiracy Climategate Five Years Later.”

A long-read that’s worth the time. “Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create.”

More research is needed (that’s the nature of science anyway), but there’s a growing body of evidence that our winter weather events and climate change are connected.

When was the last time you looked at the clouds? Here’s a good listen that puts a sound argument for staring at something other than our smartphones.

And that’s a wrap for this week…stay warm folks!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For Nov. 9 – 16, 2014

A shorter post this week due to several previous commitments that require a great deal of attention and arduous work. One thing’s for certain…for much of North America, frigid temperatures have settled in for an early taste of winter. At the same time, folks in Alaska are basking in conditions that are warmer than many locations in the Southern Plains.

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

ASTRONOMY

Check out this amazing video of NASA of our very active sun!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Once again, Scandinavia leads the way. Denmark is aiming for 100% renewable energy!

AOL is one of the latest companies to part ways with ALEC.

A new kind of “solar cloth” allows solar cells to be stretched across stadiums and parking lots.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

As the California drought continues, water theft is on the rise.

If you thought October, 2014 was warm in the USA, you weren’t imagining things.

As time allows, I’ll likely add an article or two this week and re-post this on social media.

In the meantime, I’d like to welcome my new followers here on WordPress and on Twitter. I’m glad you’re along! Very sincere thanks to all the folks on Twitter who have re-tweeted and/or mentioned me this past week. I appreciate all of you.

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Nov. 2 – Nov. 9, 2014

This past week has seen a rather tranquil period of weather across most of North America. Alas, it won’t last. The coldest air of the season is scheduled to make its way across the eastern half of the US and will give many a good taste of winter. Grab those sweaters and put an extra log on the fire. We will need it.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

Normally, I’m a very apolitical person. Taking into consideration recent political events, this is a very apt essay.

SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY

It’s about time a tool like this showed up on the internet. Meet WAM. While it is specifically geared towards women being harassed online, it can apply to anyone…male or female, young or old. Individuals engaging in harassment and or trolls had best mind their behavior…online and off.

Scientists are rapidly discovering the benefits of using social media for networking and sharing information.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’ve not checked out the Citizen Science Center’s website, I highly recommend you do. “You Can Do Science Too.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

LED bulb efficiency is pulling ahead of compact fluorescent bulbs…and they’re becoming more price friendly too.

A very interesting and encouraging look at America’s solar boom.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

A connection between fracking and earthquakes? Surely you jest.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

I’ve had several inquiries via social media and email from folks wanting to know what the coming winter holds. Hopefully this information from NOAA will clear things up. Keep in mind, this is an outlook and NOT a forecast. There is a difference.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has written a very interesting, but rather technical, nine page PDF document on ENSO and the El Nino outlook for this year.

An interesting read on the connection between climate change and emerging diseases.

“In light of the recent IPCC report, we want to dismiss these fallacies and reiterate the truth.” Very well put.

Waters off the west coast of North America are running quite warm. What could this mean for the coming winter?

This is an amazing and rare “must-see” video of glaciers in action. Taking climate change into consideration, this is likely to become more commonplace.

And that’s a wrap for this post! See you folks again soon!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, 2014

In many areas across North America, the autumn foliage is at or nearing its peak beauty. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy some, savor the experience. It’s been another relatively quiet week across much of the United States. On that note, a great deal of reflection has taken place over the past few days with this week being the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve come so far in recovery, yet have many important issues to be addressed…and many of them have an important policy and psychological connection to our weather and climate.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

A very thought-provoking read. “What Time Is It?”

How I wish this silliness would end. Turning back, or forward, our clocks twice a year makes no sense in our contemporary society.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Jupiter gets a giant cyclops eye just in time for Halloween.

The largest sunspot in twenty-five years gave astronomers a view of massive flares.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

This is so very true. “Being environmentally conscious can not only improve the environment and quality of life, but your budget as well.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The Oklahoma Mesonet is celebrating their 20th anniversary! Check out their “Top 20 Extreme Weather Events In Mesonet History.” Oklahoma weather is definitely NOT boring!

Important information from the United Nations Environment Program on the latest IPCC report. The synthesis report at the IPCC website will give you further details.

Many challenges are in the road ahead for dealing with climate change…so this is no time to loose heart.

The study of ice cores has fascinated me for years. It’s an excellent way of looking back in time at climates.

By mid 2015, it’ll be time to say, “goodbye” to the TRMM weather satellite. Thanks for the memories. It was fun while it lasted.

The USA disaster policy is good, but needs improvement. Here’s one take on the situation.

In post-disaster scenarios, PTSD, anxiety/panic disorders, depression, et al. are all too often overlooked. Recovery involves more than rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure. These disaster induced scars run deep and can last a lifetime. “I’ll never be psychologically the same.”

ONE LAST VERY IMPORTANT THING…

Attention gentlemen! It’s Movember…time to groom that facial hair into a dashing statement and show your support for men’s mental and physical health.

That’s’ a wrap for this week…have a great week everybody!

Cheers!

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