Tornado Quest Science Links Review For August 29 – September 5, 2017

Greetings everyone! I’m glad you stopped by. All eyes, at least for North America, are on Hurricane Irma. As of this post (5 September 2017), it is steadily intensifying and on a collision course with the northern Leeward Islands. There’s a lot of uncertainty as to its path five or six days from now, but this storm definitely bears watching. If you’re in need of hurricane preparedness information, I’ve got a fantastic link below that has just about all the information you need. Also, please stick with official information sources, especially in social media. That means following the National Hurricane Center and your local National Weather Service office. People have differing opinions and preferences on news media sources, so I’ll just take care of that by recommending you follows those of your personal preference. Many are quite good at what they do and are excellent at taking complex information and making it palatable to a public that is not familiar with the earth sciences. There are plenty of other topics to touch on, so let’s get a start.

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


Here’s an excellent citizen science project anyone can participate in. Keep an eye out for Monarch butterflies!


Fascinating view of an ever-changing element of nature. “Laser-mapping technology makes visible the meanderings of Oregon’s Willamette River over the past 12,000 years.”

The environmental impacts of Hurricane Harvey won’t be fully known for some time. One thing’s for certain, it will be massive, long-lasting, and have substantial public health ramifications. For most flooding situations that involve large metropolitan areas and/or industrial markets, a “toxic soup” is left behind that won’t go away anytime soon.

Hurricane Harvey left behind a great deal of devastation in the Texas agriculture industry.

An excellent read from American Scientist. “Why Ecology Needs Natural History.”


A spectacular image of Hurricane Irma in the late afternoon of 5 September 2017 when it was at Category 5 strength with 185 mph winds. 

If you’re looking for hurricane preparedness information, start here.

All over social media, there’s a cacophony of information, much of it misleading and full of hyperbole. Here’s a good guide to cutting through all the chaff and learning how to follow Hurricane Irma…or any other tropical cyclone.

The cost of Hurricane Harvey is unknown at this point (1 September 2017) but could well be one of the most costly natural disasters in USA history.

Before and after imagery of a natural disaster have a significant impact. These images of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are no exception.

Science Friday had an excellent segment on their 1 September 2017 broadcast covering Hurricane Harvey, the climate change connection, and the health hazards that will be more than plentiful in the storm’s aftermath.

A very thought provoking read on the truth about Hurricane Harvey and climate change is somewhere in the middle.

Another good read on Hurricane Harvey from meteorologist Dan Satterfield: “We Told You So!” Is Never Welcomed If You’re On The Receiving End.

Last but not least, an excellent read from the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Catastrophic Intensity: Why Is Hurricane Irma Gaining Strength So Quickly?”

While many areas dealt with the aftermath of Harvey, several western USA states broiled in unseasonably hot temperatures that also induced wildfires.


The USA is second-to-none when it comes to forecasting weather. The challenges, especially when it comes to flooding, come after the storm and may never be resolved.

This is censorship at its best. “USA energy agency asked scientists to scrub references to climate change.”

Finally, some common sense that is badly needed in a global culture that is obsessed with acerbic politics. If you think the strife over climate change is bad, just take a look at how our everyday society has become polemically political.

And…that is a wrap for this post! Aside from this blog, Tornado Quest has plenty of other social media outlets with something for everyone.

Cheers…and ecce signum!


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