Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For January 5 – 12, 2015

Hopefully all of you have gotten the new year off to a good start. Over much of North America, the winter weather has been relatively “tranquil” as of late with a minimum of snow and/or ice events. For many National Weather Service offices, Skywarn spotter classes will be starting soon. If you’re considering getting into storm spotting, these classes are mandatory to understanding the severe storm environment. And, now that another year has recently ended, the latest climate overview of last year from NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center has been issued with a plethora of data on the weather and climate of the USA for 2014.

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Few things can beat hands-on experience, especially for kids. “8 Ways To Nurture Your Children’s Connection To Nature.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

For citizen science to succeed, persistence is the key. Trying is what is most important and noteworthy.

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

An interesting study done by Pew Research on some of the most popular forms of social media.

Will a renewed emphasis on IT security take place in 2015? Let’s hope so!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Denmark has become the world’s champion in wind power. When will other countries, including the USA, step up to the plate?

The USA (amongst other countries) isn’t the most efficient when it comes to recycling, so recycling goes undone. Unfortunately, the solution is even worse.

A most unpleasant dilemma. The Great Lakes could be full of tiny plastic fibers. You’ll also be surprised where they come from.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

If you’re into weather and climate and not watching Weather Geeks on The Weather Channel, you’re really missing a treat!

A fascinating read on NCAR research into great plains thunderstorms and their relation to ozone production.

The “warming hiatus” that has occurred over the last 15 years (and is the focus of much discussion) has been caused in part by small volcanic eruptions.

We’ve just started a new year…and CO2 is still above the 440 PPM mark.

The National Weather Service has announced a tenfold increase in supercomputer power. This is long overdue and can’t happen soon enough.

“Dark Money” funding climate change denial efforts? Truth is stranger than fiction…and is no surprise either.

A great up to date read on the elusive El Niño which, as of late, has been playing quite the “cat-n-mouse” game.

More information on the unmistakable link between our atmosphere and the biosphere. Climate change is having a substantial effect on Mother Nature.

Here we go again. “The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition.”

Having the reputation of a well-known journalist does not necessarily make for an informed (and accurate) stance on science.

THE QUIXOTIC SIDE

Nothing like a little nostalgia to make one appreciate how far we have come with technology.

Not all careers in science are glamorous. In fact, some can be downright disgusting…but folks love them anyway.

Heads up gents. The ladies aren’t as fond of facial hair as we’d like to think they are…i.e. the twenty-something hipster “lumbersexual” look with the high-water pencil leg pants is out.

Have a great week…and if it’s cold where you are, stay warm!

Cheers!

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