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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