Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For June 26 – July 3, 2017

Greetings to one and all! For my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day! “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

If you’ve never read the full text of the United States Declaration Of Independence, you can read it here. Few people realize that in addition to declaring independence of the colonies, the vast majority of this historical document is a twenty-eight count indictment of the British Crown. A very bold move indeed considering that, at the time, Great Britain was one of the world’s superpowers.

Due to the holiday and ongoing commitments, this will be an abbreviated post for this week. Regardless, there are still several interesting topics to go over, so let’s get started.

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

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

For fellow astronomy fans, check out these amazing images.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The healing of the ozone layer could be delayed for 30 years or more by rising emissions that were previously ignored.

This is a world-wide problem that can only be alleviated to any degree by less reliance of plastics, recycling, and development of alternative container products. “Tackling The Plastic Bottle Crisis And Our Wider Disregard For Nature.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a detailed look at May 2017 tornado activity in the USA from NOAA’s National Center For Environmental Information. “According to data from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center during May, there were 290 preliminary tornado reports. This is near the 1991-2010 average of 276 for the month. This is the most tornadoes to impact the U.S. during any month since May 2015 when there were over 380 confirmed tornadoes. On May 16th, a large tornado outbreak hit the central U.S. and there were two tornado-related fatalities — one on Oklahoma and one in Wisconsin.”

The Jarrell, TX F-5 tornado of 27 May 1997 was a watershed event in tornado research and, along with the Oklahoma City metro F-5 tornado of 3 May 1999 was instrumental in spearheading development of the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Here’s a look back at the Jarrell event from May 2017 on its twentieth anniversary.

Does climate have an effect on human behavior? Absolutely…and much more than many care to admit. “Why Summer Makes Us Lazy.”

Speaking of heat, the recent heatwave in the western USA gives strong signals about climate change and associated budget cuts.

PUBLIC POLICY

It’s sad but true that soundly established scientific facts don’t matter to climate change deniers. Their personal agendas carry greater weight.

Nothing good can come of this. “Who Needs Peer Review When You Can Pruitt Review Climate Science?”

At the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1,400 USA city mayors committed to taking the lead on climate change.

Summer heat is responsible for a large number of weather related deaths each year in the USA. Compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement could help the largest urban areas in the USA and other countries reduce the annual number of excess deaths on summer days.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!

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