Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For April 23 – May 1, 2017

Greetings one and all…and Happy May Day! It’s a time for many of us of Scandinavian ancestry to celebrate the arrival of summer after a dark winter. Njut av semestern och låt oss fira ankomsten av den varma sommaren! Ironically, this past winter in many areas of the Northern Hemisphere had a very mild winter with subfreezing temperatures and normal snowfall being the exception to the rule. This past week brought several rounds of severe weather with tornadoes, flash flooding, and high winds being responsible for a considerable amount of damage from Texas through Oklahoma into Arkansas. Keep in mind that, from a climatological perspective, May is the most active month across North America for tornadoes. Those of us who live in tornado-prone areas should be at the ready. This week’s review will be shorter than usual due to the severe weather, but there’s plenty to cover so let’s get started.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

Here’s a nice examination of ten common misconceptions in physics…and all sciences overall.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re into citizen science and weather, your mobile device is the ideal too for the mPING project. It’s an easy to use FREE app for iOS and Android where you can send in a weather report and help the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in research!

Here’s a great starting point for several citizen science projects from SciStarter and The Crowd And The Cloud.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

The Cassini spacecraft is the first to ever be this close to the planet Saturn…and in the process, took some amazing images.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

An eye-opening look at water quality issues posed by fracking from American Scientist.

Here’s some encouraging news on the renewables front. “Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

On the sixth anniversary, a look back at the April 25 – 28, 2011 tornado outbreak.

The Arctic is reacting to climate change faster than climate scientists had anticipated.

A gut-punching look at the crazy scale of human carbon emissions.

In an ironic twist, two years after the Paris Climate Agreement, several developing countries are bypassing far wealthier nations in climate change policy.

The New York Times has hired a notorious climate change denialist and is publishing his material. Understandably, scientists are having none of this. The reaction is not surprising. “Bret Stephens’ first piece for the Times showed exactly why some climate realists are canceling their subscriptions.”

Being taken seriously in regards to climate change has its benefits and hazards…especially when you’re considering ideas that are well “out of the box.”

TED talks are almost always enlightening and/or entertaining. Finally (after what seems like forever), here’s one on clouds and climate change.

PUBLIC POLICY

This past weekend’s Climate March was a very good start…let’s keep the momentum going!

Not by conincidence, the EPA under Scott Pruitt wiped all climate change information and data from it’s website. No nefarious agenda here, just the “new” business as usual.

Propaganda is nothing new. But the study of how it’s used and how humans react to it is an interesting look into human behavior.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me at tornadoquest@protonmail.ch…and have a great week!

Cheers!

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