Tornado Quest Science Links For December 23 – 30, 2017

Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a good holiday season regardless of whether you were celebrating or not. This will be a shorter post than usual, but covers many important topics…so let’s get started.

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


This kind of essay will never go out of style. “How To Convince Someone When Facts Fail.”

I couldn’t have said this better myself. “People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among Americans is strongly related to political ideology. This has exposed humanity’s potentially fatal flaw. Denying an existential threat threatens our existence.” Fortunately, scientists may have a solution to the problem of ideology superseding sound scientific facts.


Unearthed has a thorough collection of their favorite environmental journalism of 2017.


The current cold weather across North America (as of this post on 30 December 2017) is being used by climate change denialists to refute solidly established scientific facts. Here’s an excellent response to that from Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

The latest USA Drought Monitor is out. As of 28 December 2017, 22.1% of the USA and 26.4% of the lower 48 states were experiencing drought conditions.

If you’re looking to stay safe this winter, here’s a good place to start. The National Severe Storms Laboratory has a very comprehensive overview of winter weather safety.

In climate change, many of 2016’s records were surpassed in 2017 with emissions and temperatures rising globally. Here’s a review of 7 climate findings of 2017 from Scientific American.

2017 was an active year across the USA for tornadoes. US Tornadoes has a nice collection of, in their opinion, the top tornado videos of 2017. Of this selection, the best videos are those that show not only the tornado, but storm structure as well. These have what it takes to be worthy of scientific merit rather than “extreme” hyperbole videos that are little more than histrionics.

Finally, here are some links with winter weather safety information. Winter weather hazards should be taken as seriously as threats from severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!


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