Monthly Archives: September, 2015
There’s a touch of autumn in the air across much of North America. In fact, I’ve even seen some photographs in my Twitter feed of trees showing off some very nice colors. September is also Emergency Preparedness Month. Here’s a very nice link from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Add this info to your arsenal of bookmarks for a plethora of preparedness info that will help you get in shape for the things we hope won’t happen.
For your consideration, here are this week’s links…
There’s quite an “ad-block-alypse” going on as of late in regards to ad-blocking add-ons and/or software.
For iOS users…a nice read on the ad blockers that won’t make your browser seem like molasses running uphill.
This is a “must-see” astronomy event that’s coming this Sunday: The first “Super Moon” Eclipse in thirty-two years is this Sunday, 27 September 2015.
Paleontology isn’t the glamorous “Jurassic Park” fun and games most people think it is. In fact, most paleontologists work in very challenging conditions…and this is no exception.
A very telling read that most Oklahoman’s (including your’s truly) can relate to. “How One US State Went From Two Earthquakes A Year To 585.”
A very cool read on five things that people generally don’t consider recyclable.
Yes, it’s alright to buy water in plastic bottles for emergencies. Just make sure you follow proper precautions for water purity and safety. In life-threatening emergencies, there’s not always time to be green. Caveat: This is my personal opinion and the people who would disagree probably live in areas that are not subject to the horrors we see almost every year in Tornado Alley.
The inexorable link between health and climate is clearly explained in this article on air pollution and it’s deadly effects.
The much ballyhooed global warming “pause” may have occurred, but it’s no spearheading “game changer” and will have little to no significance regarding the overwhelming trend of climate change.
The AP Stylebook has just made a major faux pas that makes no sense at all.
Climate change denialists are now resorting to tactics used by the tobacco industry to discredit medical evidence on the harmful effects of smoking.
El Nino and La Nina will exacerbate (and threaten tens of millions) with coastal hazards across entire Pacific.
Public relations food for thought. “Should We Do Away With Percent Chance Of Rain And Just Use Words?” The greatest problem/challenge for NWS and broadcast meteorologists is dispelling the common myths that run rampant.
Last but not least, a reminder for National Preparedness Month that NOAA has a very nice site with a plethora of preparedness information. Check it out…and prepare now before it’s too late.
Not sure what to make of this, but it’s “no-new-news” to my fellow “Quake-lahomans.”
- Did An Oil Tycoon Try To Get Researchers Fired?
- Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean’s Email
As Oklahoma tallies up more earthquakes by the dozens…the “quakegate” continues…
On the brighter side, two last bits of business…
- I’d like to send a very warm welcome and “hello” to my new followers on social media. I’m glad you folks are along for the fun. The best is yet to come and I’m in this for the long haul.
- Coming soon, I’ll be hosting weather and science “hangouts” on FriendLife. Dates and times will be posted on Tornado Quest’s Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress social media outlets. I look forward to chatting with many of you!
That’s a wrap for this post! See you good folks soon!
For much of the contiguous USA plains states, summer heat has been holding on with a vengeance. Fortunately, there are changes underway as we speak and before long, autumn will “show its colors” (no pun intended). It’s also common for an uptick in severe weather to occur across Tornado Alley during the fall months. In the tropical cyclone realm, the Pacific has been very busy this year. The Atlantic has been relatively well-behaved in spite of some noble attempts at hurricane formation. Considering the alternative, I don’t really think anyone in hurricane prone regions is complaining. The downside is the fact that it’s been a decade since a significant hurricane made landfall in the USA. Complacency can breed carelessness. Therefore, this is a good time for us to remind ourselves that September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for 2015 is “Don’t Wait, Communicate” and the time to prepare for natural disasters of all kinds is now…when things are quiet…and you have the time and presence of mind to make calm, rational decisions. Those who have prepared ahead of time and experienced a disaster have told me many times that the time, effort, and resources used to “prep” were well worth it and, in some cases, life saving “preventative medicine.” It doesn’t matter where you live, even if the annual weather events are rather uneventful. Everyone is vulnerable.
For your consideration, here are this week’s links…
If you have a daughter interested in a science career, have her check out the Women In STEM career videos from GotScience.org.
Check out this nice infographic on how essential earth and space science is to all of us. It involves saving lives…every day.
Many people have serious privacy concerns over Windows 10. To add insult to injury, concerns are now raised over Windows 7 and 8.
If you’re concerned about online security, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self-Defense information. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
A very interesting and telling read from the Pew Research Center. “Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015.”
I very, very rarely recommend apps (especially weather apps) since the quality and accuracy of data is so unpredictable. But, in addition to the apps that you feel serve you best, I’d add the American Red Cross app. It’s very customizable and highly informative.
If, like me, you’re a user of many Apple products, here’s a quick overview of the September 9, 2015 Apple product event. For weather folks (including storm chasers), the new and larger iPad Pro would be an excellent addition in the field for radar products and/or model runs…and any improvement on iPhone processor and camera capabilities is a “must have.”
Here’s a very cool citizen science project just in time for autumn. Kids, parents, and teachers can learn the “hows and whys” of leaves changing color during fall.
Speaking of plant-based citizen science for kids, here’s an excellent resource from Project BudBurst for K-4 educators.
Caren Cooper has written and excellent essay on the importance of the role citizen science plays in our children’s science education.
This is a project that should be taking place across North America. “European Citizens Measure Air Pollution With Their Smartphones.”
What is Geologic time? A very, very, very long time.
The recent wildfires in the northwest USA have done more than burn vegetation, they’ve endangered wildlife.
Yes, school recycling competitions are for real…and I’d like to see more of these everywhere.
Just follow the money. “Back to School: “Frackademia” Alive and Well at U.S. Universities, Says New Report.”
An interesting read on the irrevocable climate-biosphere link and how crucial food chain bacteria is altered by climate change.
A UK study that would without a doubt be valid worldwide. Trees in urban areas are valuable in dispersing air pollution (and improve the quality of the air you and I breathe).
Awesome is an understatement! “The Netherlands plans to have a 100% wind-powered railway system by 2018.”
This past week was the 115th anniversary of the deadliest weather disaster in the history of the USA: the 1900 Galveston, TX hurricane. There’s no exact death toll, but varying estimates range from a very, very conservative 6,000 to as high as 10,000. If you’ve not read “Issac’s Storm,” you should. It’s an excellent account of events and even an enlightening glimpse into the history of the science of early forecasting.
A very nice side-by-side comparison of 1997 and 2015 El Ninos from Climate Central.
While on the topic of El Nino, here’s a great resource for kids, parents, and teachers that has everything you ever wanted to know about this climate phenomenon and more.
According to new research, droughts and heat waves are happening simultaneously with much greater frequency than in the past.
An interesting read on how climate change would mean the death of one world and the birth of another.
If you live in the western contiguous 48 USA and thought August was hot, you were right. It was well above average in temperatures.
Many of us, including your’s truly, have watched The Weather Channel since it first aired in 1982. There are some big changes on tap and, personally speaking, I think they’re beneficial in the long-term.
“Cherry-picking” research is common among climate change denialists. In spite of the overwhelming worldwide consensus, research of dubious integrity continues.
If there was ever a country that has a fascinating cornucopia of dialects, it’s the USA. “Welcome To The United Slang Of America.”
And that’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm “welcome” to my new followers. Glad you’re along for the fun!
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