Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Sept. 23 – 30, 2015

All eyes are on the Atlantic as Hurricane Joaquin intensifies and is forecast to effect the eastern USA seaboard and many inland areas. There still exists a great deal of forecast uncertainty and there are a myriad of variables to contend with. We’ll touch on that later. In other news, a very nice lunar eclipse provided quite a spectacle for tens of millions of people. Trust me, it was quite a sight. There was also exciting news from NASA regarding the presence of water on the planet Mars. In consideration of the ongoing events (Joaquin) and several important projects underway, this week’s post will be exceptionally brief.

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

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

National Preparedness Month may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t give anyone permission for complacency or the luxury of not worrying because, “those things only happen to other people. Yes, it can happen to you. The impacts to you could be considerable, even as a storm is weakening, well inland, and no longer has many of its tropical characteristics. This is a case where it’s best to err on the side of caution…just in case.

 GENERAL SCIENCE/CRITICAL THINKING

Bad science is always fair game…and should be. It should also be “called on the carpet” at every opportunity.

The USA is stuck with an anti-science congress. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to change soon.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Check out the myriad of citizen science opportunities from NOAA.

Like to help document light pollution in urban areas? There’s an app for that.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

The exciting astronomy news this week: salty water detected flowing on Mars in close proximity to the Curiosity rover.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Air pollution kills millions every year. Who does it kill and why…and what can be done about it?

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

An excellent read by Greg Laden: The Climate Change Consensus Extends Beyond Climate Scientists.

Hurricane Joaquin is the big meteorology story for the next several days. In addition to the broadcast meteorologists of your choice, NOAA weather radio, and your local National Weather Service office, follow the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates on Joaquin. For the benefit of the safety of your loved ones as well as yourself, please use very strong discretion in filtering information about Joaquin. Your weather information, including potentially life-saving warnings, needs to come from official sources. In the twenty-plus years I’ve been using the internet, a great deal of speculation can find its way into the public’s discussion. At this time, my bottom line message to you is prepare ahead of time while you have time.

THE QUIXOTIC

Another loose cannon donning a tin foil hat is on the loose. What will they dream up next? 8-/

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 week!

Cheers!

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