Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For Feb. 9 – 16, 2015

Across much of North America, winter has been raging with a vengeance week. Much of the attention was focused on two areas; from Oklahoma to the Carolinas, and the northeastern states including New England. For future reference, bookmark this page from Ready.gov with winter weather safety information. With the ongoing winter storm and related media commitments, I’ve got a full dance card here…so this week’s post will be shorter than usual. If time permits, I’ll add a few more links during the coming days…so feel free to visit again and see what’s new!

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Across the world, freedom of the press is in peril. That’s one of many reasons why we need social media.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Check out this amazing video put together by NASA that shows how dynamically spectacular our Sun is.

One of the most iconic images of our humble home, the “Pale Blue Dot,” turns twenty-five.

GEOLOGIC SCIENCE

Hidden faults that are disrupted by fracking can be the reason behind many recent earthquakes including the recent spate of seismic activity in Oklahoma.

Speaking of Oklahoma earthquakes, the Tulsa World recently carried an excellent series of articles. “Quake Debate” Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Every ocean on planet Earth has a massive swirling plastic garbage patch.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

As extreme weather events brought on by climate change become more common, the need for advanced weather forecasting will increase.

Little change has taken place in the past week on the latest USA Drought Monitor. Extreme and/or exceptional conditions persist across parts of CA, NV, OK, OR, and TX.

Research covering more than 50 years of data from 14 USA states shows more frequent Midwest flooding events.

Across much of eastern North America, some of the coldest air of the winter season has settled in. How does climate change play a part in this?

How does a scientist survive a winter in Antarctica? It’s not easy, but it can be done.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) blasted off a few days ago and will give scientists an unprecedented view of important climate data.

Nice to see research with laboratory tornado models is still ongoing. Pioneers like Ted Fujita and Neil Ward spearheaded research into this kind of fluid dynamics.

 An informative and concise read: “Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead.”

Residents of California that are dealing with the ongoing drought better learn to love it. It’s now become a way of life.

That’s a wrap for this post…check back for updates!

Cheers!

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