Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For March 2 – 9, 2015

After the last winter storm which brought significant snowfall from west Texas to the east coast, we’ve finally gotten a temporary respite across the contiguous 48 states. The sedate weather we’re enjoying now is the quiet before the storm…literally. The spring severe weather season is, for all practical matters, already upon us. This would be an excellent time to make sure your emergency kit is in order, your NOAA weather radio is fully functional, and you know how to get timely severe weather watch and warning information from your local National Weather Service office and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice. On the home front, it’s been another week with a full dance card. This post will, as many are during the spring and early summer, on the brief side. Preparing for the severe weather season often takes a bit of time, especially when doing double duty as a Skywarn spotter and double checking the “to do” list for storm chasing.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE/SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Daylight Saving Time is archaic and anachronistic at best…and that’s the nicest thing I can say about such old school nonsense. Adding insult to injury, it also costs you money.

The problem isn’t “scienceyness” but the tendency for mainstream media to water down science stories for the general public. “John/Jane Q Public” isn’t as scientific illiterate as many think.

SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY

A very good essay on over two dozen social media rules…which ones you can break, which ones you can’t, and which ones will cost you followers.

I’ve been giving the beta version of the Vivaldi browser a spin…and it could be a competitor to be reckoned with if it’s done right.

Google may begin rating website rankings on facts rather than links. If this comes to fruition, hopefully it’ll keep the shills and hype-mongers at bay.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY/RENEWABLES/RECYCLING

The K-Cups are convenient, but they are (no pun intended) a brewing problem.

Shortages of fresh water in the future could lead to some very unpleasant patterns in human behavior.

The plot thickens in Oklahoma as “quakegate” gets more interesting by the week. “Emails describe meetings between oil industry, earthquake researchers.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

To describe February across the contiguous 48 USA as fire and ice would be an understatement. While the west basked in warmth, the east shivered under record breaking snowfalls. The NOAA National Climactic Data Center’s State Of The Climate report has all the details.

According to this study, a revision of Tornado Watches based on the likelihood of tornadoes could help with public safety.

Speaking of tornado watches, spring, and the severe weather trimmings, is on our doorstep. Are you ready?

A spot-on must read by Marshall Shepherd and Chuck Doswell…”Standing Up For Meteorologists.”

A very thought-provoking read by Bill McKibben: “Climate fight won’t wait for Paris: vive la résistance.”

Will the Paris climate summit accomplish enough? Time will tell. Many aren’t optimistic.

Semantics do matter. “Call Them Climate Deniers, Not Skeptics.”

Considering the fact that everyone on planet Earth shares the same atmosphere, it’s no surprise that China’s pollution could have ties to the USA’s cold, snowy winters.

Those snowy winters result in many challenges…including a downturn in the local economies.

El Nino finally made an appearance, but not in time to help the ongoing drought in many parts of the western USA.

And that’s a wrap for this post…see you good folks next time!

Cheers!

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